Thomas Dale students arrested for alleged noose incident

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – We've uncovered new information about a disturbing incident that has two Chesterfield students facing charges tonight. The two, white, Thomas Dale students are accused of trying to tie a noose around a black student. That black student's parent reported the incident to school officials and then police.

Students at Thomas Dale High School are all talking about an incident that happened at school last week that led to the arrest of two teens. Police tell us two white students are facing assault charges for what authorities are calling an alleged "bias-motivated incident."

"There were racial slurs that were directed at the black male," said Captain Russ Lescault with the Chesterfield Police Department.

"I guess they were just trying to be funny and result back to like the racial times of history, I guess," said Thomas Dale junior, Rebecca Wright. "I don't know. I guess they were just trying to be funny."

But this incident was anything but funny. Police tell us the two white students grabbed the black student and attempted to put a rope around his neck. Students say it was in the shape of a noose.

"Slavery is done with," said Wright. "The whole racial thing is done with. Everyone's equal and it's just wrong for them to do that to a young student."

Chesterfield Police are still investigating. Shawn Smith, spokesperson for Chesterfield Public Schools, released a statement saying in part, "These types of bullying allegations run contrary to our school division's core values and have serious disciplinary consequences."

Even though she's seen racial tension at school, the Thomas Dale student we spoke with supported that statement.

"At Thomas Dale it's actually pretty equal 'cause, I mean, the administration is actually, keeps it pretty organized and keeps problems from occurring."

The Commonwealth's Attorney will determine if any additional charges will be filed because of the nature of the crime. The victim was not hurt in the incident.

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