School officials at Chesapeake Bay Middle School in Anne Arundel County are investigating an incident involving a noose found hanging in their school's bathroom.
In a letter sent out to parents and members of their school community, administrators were notified of the noose on Monday afternoon by a student.
They say the noose was made out of toilet paper hanging in a stall located in a boys' bathroom.
School officials say a staff member quickly removed the noose and Anne Arundel County Police was immediately alerted.
Police worked with administrators to investigate the incident and have 'confidently' identified the person responsible.
The school's principal stated that in addition to enforcement made by police, disciplinary actions in accordance to the Student Conduct will be implemented against the accused person.
"I am completely and utterly disgusted that this happened. Quite frankly, I am also dismayed that such a terrible choice could overshadow what has been a school year focused on inclusion and unity. Too many times in our community we have had to address messages and acts that speak against all that our school stands for. It needs to stop," said Principal Michael Dunn.
Administrators urge parents to talk to their children about hate and bigotry in the school environment.
School counselors along with the AACPS Office of Student Services will be available to speak with students and staff about their feelings and concerns regarding the climate of the school.
Safety concerns can be addressed through the 24/7 Student Safety Hotline at 1-877-676-9854.
To view the school's statement, click here.