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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Ex-student sues school, claiming racial offenses

  • A black former student is suing because he contends Harrisburg High School didn't protect him from racially motivated acts, which he says included being left a noose with his name on it.
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  • A black former student is suing because he contends Harrisburg High School didn't protect him from racially motivated acts, which he says included being left a noose with his name on it.
    The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Benton is on behalf of Roman Moore, who graduated from Harrisburg High School last May.
    The lawsuit claims principal Karen Crank and the school board knowingly allowed racially motivated acts against Moore and that officials didn't reprimand students for the noose he says was found in the high school's locker room a year ago.
    Crank's office directed calls Wednesday to Superintendent Dennis Smith. He says he hasn't yet seen the lawsuit and deferred comment, other than to say there's a question about whether the rope was actually a noose.
    Moore is the son of Rietta Miller who attended the January 15 school board meeting and addressed the board in a closed session. She told the Daily Register she was informing the board about threatening text messages sent to her daughter that she did not believe the school was taking seriously.
    She also told the Daily Register about Moore’s issue.
    “There was a noose found in the gym back on Feb. 15 or 16 with my son’s name on it and the school board members said they hadn’t even heard of the incident,” Miller said in January.
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