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Md. students suspended over offensive picture

Wednesday - 6/13/2012, 10:02pm  ET

ESSEX, Md. (AP) - Three students at a Baltimore County high school have been suspended after drawing a racially offensive picture on a classroom board and then posting it on Twitter.

The Baltimore Sun ( http://bsun.md/M53OaP) reports the picture was drawn June 7 during class at Eastern Technology High School.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cathy Batton says the picture showed three nooses hanging from the rafters of a building. The picture also included a grave marker with President Barack Obama's name, two racial epithets and a burning cross with three stick figures in pointed hats, suggesting the Ku Klux Klan.

Eastern Tech's principal says the school has "a group of teenagers who made bad decisions." The picture was drawn the day before the magnet school ended. Police will not bring charges.


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