Student charged with disorderly conduct for nooses found near Evanston middle school

A Haven Middle School student was responsible for three nooses found on the school’s campus last month, Evanston police say.

The student, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, has been charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, police said.

Police said the Cook County state’s attorney’s office reviewed the evidence and declined to add a hate crime charge “because the actions and motive of the involved juvenile did not meet the legal, statutory elements of a hate crime.”

The nooses were found hanging from a tree in the school’s recess area on May 13. They were placed there after students at Haven had staged a sit-in to protest staffing changes.

Police said witness interviews, surveillance footage and cellphone videos led to the identification of the student responsible.

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