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The male freshman placed the items, believed to be a macramé noose and miniature hat, on the desk of a female peer, who is one of three black students in the school of 450, the Star Tribune reports.
Principal Eric Russell told the paper the boy said his actions were meant to be a joke. But the girl and her family didn't find the prank funny. The 15-year-old's foster parents say they have been working to adopt her amid racist harassment.
"She has been experiencing racial comments since joining our family her eighth-grade year," foster mother Sarah Hitzeman told the Tribune. "Her freshman year stared out with students calling her 'Big Mocha' and making fun of her hair and breasts.'"
The latest incident left the girl "shut down" and scared to return to school, Hitzeman told the Pioneer Press. The foster mom is now calling on school officials to address the bullying and to prevent future harassment.
Russell told the Pioneer Press that he is looking into the allegations of racist bullying. He added that the parents of the boy involved are apologetic and plan to meet with the girl's parents before Monday, when their son is set to return from his suspension.
Source: Huffington Post