Community organizes prayer rally after noose put on black Mississippi student

Stone County High School in Wiggins, Miss., is seen Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The state NAACP says white students at Stone County High School threw a noose around the neck of a black student and "yanked backward".  Ayana Kinnel, spokeswoman for the civil-rights group, says Monday that the incident took place the afternoon of Oct. 13 at the Stone County High School field house in Wiggins. The civil-rights group is calling on the school to expel the white students. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Stone County High School in Wiggins, Miss., is seen Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The state NAACP says white students at Stone County High School threw a noose around the neck of a black student and "yanked backward". Ayana Kinnel, spokeswoman for the civil-rights group, says Monday that the incident took place the afternoon of Oct. 13 at the Stone County High School field house in Wiggins. The civil-rights group is calling on the school to expel the white students. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

WIGGINS, Miss. – A Mississippi community is coming together to pray after students reportedly put a noose around the neck of a black football player.

Hand-in-hand, people in Stone County prayed for peace and guidance. The high school continues to receive widespread attention regarding the allegations.

Members of the state’s chapter of the NAACP have labeled the racial climate as “tense” after the allegations.

“We just want to respond the way Jesus would respond and that’s with unconditional love, forgiveness, unity, and not lose that. Because that’s very important to us here in Wiggins,” said prayer rally organizer Mandy Reeves.

A handful of students from Stone High School came in hopes of moving forward.
Police are still investigating the incident.

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