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Evanston police investigating after racist messages found in Nicols Middle School bathroom s

EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) — Hateful, racist messages were found in an Evanston school Thursday less than a month after nooses were found at another school in the suburb.

According to Superintendent Dr. Devon Horton, a staff member found swastikas along with racist and hurtful messages written on stalls in two bathrooms at Nicols Middle School.

School officials acted quickly, closing the restrooms and contacting police.

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This incident comes just weeks after three nooses were found at Haven and Kingsley schools, hanging from a tree above a memorial for a teacher.

In this latest incident, the superintendent released a statement to school families and staff saying in part, “These incidents have a long lasting effect on our students, staff, and families. As a community, we cannot allow this type of harm to continue without repercussion and repair.”

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