Students bring noose into Lancaster high school, allegedly threatened to hang people and themselves

- Kim Cunningham is the mother one of the children who reportedly saw everything. Too uncomfortable to go on camera, her 15 year-old daughter describes what she says happened.

“There was a group of six people playing with the noose. While I walked back to get my stuff, the person holding the noose walked behind me and I felt like they were going to put the noose around my neck and so I began to get my stuff, I walked by one of my friends who was disturbed by the noose," Kim Cunningham read from a letter her daughter wrote.

Cunningham says on Friday August 5, the kids brought rope and were looking online on how to make a noose.

“Over a course of time, this noose was eventually thrown in a tree with a chair under it," Cunningham said.

That noose, according to The Lancaster School District investigators, was two shoe laces that were tied together by the two students.

FOX 46 Charlotte has learned school investigators and the student resource officer investigated the case on the following Monday of August 8.

Cunningham's mother now questions why they waited until the following Monday to investigate when her daughter says she told an assistant principal about it the day it happened.

"Everyone that I've spoken to from the principals to the directors what if in that 4 day hour lapse a child had taken their life and parents didn't even know," Cunningham said. 

According to the district's Director of Safety and Transportation, they didn’t find out about it until Monday. They say the investigation found the students to "only be joking."

"The one thing that we did find that as consistent with talking to everyone that was involved was at no point did they ever make a threat to anyone, they didn't indicate that they wanted to hurt anyone. They didn't want to hurt themselves," Director of Safety and Transportation Bryan Vaughn said.

Regardless of whether it was a joke or not, Cunningham says she now wants the students involved to get some sort of counseling.

"I can assure anyone in the community, we've done the things that we are supposed to do by law and we've done thing morally we think are correct in this situation," Vaughn said.

FOX 46 Charlotte has learned, the students were suspended from band practice and are being offered counseling.

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