Evanston Suburban Police say they have completed an investigation into three nooses found on college grounds, alleging a student at the school was responsible for the exposure.
Authorities say police were called to Haven Middle School on May 13 after reports of a disturbance. At the scene, police spoke to a witness who led them to three ropes that had been fashioned into nooses and hung from a tree in the school’s recreation area.
Evanston Police, with the cooperation of the Evanston/Skokie School District, conducted an extensive investigation, using surveillance footage, cellphone video and eyewitness accounts.
Ultimately, police said the nooses were set by a middle school student.
The student will face disorderly misdemeanor charges in juvenile court, but will not be charged with a hate crime, authorities say.
Police say the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and determined that “the actions and motive of the minor involved did not meet the legal and statutory elements of a hate crime” in the case.