Atlanta private school suspends students after video shows mock lynching in bathroom

In the video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, boys are shown wrapping toilet paper around their heads, cutting holes only for their eyes.

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In the video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, boys are shown wrapping toilet paper around their heads, cutting holes only for their eyes.

Several students at an Atlanta private school were suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced that appeared to show a mock lynching in a school bathroom.

In the video, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, boys are shown wrapping toilet paper around their heads, cutting holes only for their eyes. Some wrap a toilet paper noose around the neck of another boy, who appears to pull up on a bathroom stall support beam as if he is being hanged.

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Some of the boys in the video wrap a toilet paper noose around the neck of one boy, who appears to pull up on a bathroom stall support beam as if he is being hanged.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Some of the boys in the video wrap a toilet paper noose around the neck of one boy, who appears to pull up on a bathroom stall support beam as if he is being hanged.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Some of the boys in the video wrap a toilet paper noose around the neck of one boy, who appears to pull up on a bathroom stall support beam as if he is being hanged.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, a college preparatory school in Midtown, acknowledged the incident Thursday in a statement to the news station.

“We had an unfortunate and reprehensible incident this week that involved a number of our students,” the school said in the statement. “This type of behavior will not be tolerated. The students are on indefinite suspension as we do a comprehensive investigation of the situation and determine an appropriate course of action.”

The day following the video’s release, administrators said they met with the student body to discuss it, Channel 2 reported. School leaders are working with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to develop an educational program and are scheduling former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young to speak with students.

This story was first reported by Channel 2 Action News.

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