Minnesota school disciplines four students in racial incident

Published On: Jan 18 2013 06:27:10 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:27:00 AM CST

A Minneapolis high school has disciplined four students after a dark-skinned doll was dangled by its neck with a piece of string.

Minneapolis Public Schools said Thursday students recorded the incident that happened last Friday at Washburn High School. Images were posted on social media sites and also caught on school security cameras.

The district says it's "deeply disturbed" by what it calls "an incident of racial intolerance." The district says the four students were disciplined but didn't say how, because of school privacy restrictions.

The Star Tribune reports Washburn on Thursday canceled after-school activities, including a basketball game, because of safety concerns following the incident.

In a letter sent home to parents, Principal Carol Markham-Cousins said she took immediate action when she learned about the incident.