Police weigh motive after noose hung at Maryland middle school

WASHINGTON — The Anne Arundel County police aren’t rushing to label the hanging of a noose outside Crofton Middle School as a potential hate crime.

Officially, the investigation into the noose that was discovered by a teacher early Thursday morning is still classified as a case of recovered property.

“No note or anything was left, so we are still trying to determine the exact motive,” said police Lt. Ryan Frashure. “Obviously we know the powerful visual meaning that is associated with a noose and we take this incident very seriously.”

On Friday evening, police identified the two suspects seen in still images from surveillance video. The photos show two male, young, white suspects who climbed on the roof of the school at night and hung the noose over a light fixture.

“… We will examine all options when filing charges,” Frashure said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the suspects to call the detectives at 410-222-8772.

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Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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