University of Mississippi

Officials investigate claim of noose put on black student

Stone High School's football team was making a name for itself as the Tomcats turned around years of mediocrity with a winning season under the school's first-year coach.

But now the south Mississippi school's football program is known for something else — a black junior varsity player who says as many as four white students put a noose around his neck during an Oct. 13 football practice.

At a Monday news conference, the Mississippi NAACP demanded a federal hate crime investigation.

"No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with a noose around their neck," state NAACP President Derrick Johnson said during a news...