RALEIGH (WTVD) — Wakefield High School students arrived on campus Tuesday morning to find a black teddy bear hanging by a noose from the building next to a sign that read “Make Wakefield TRIPP again #smartlunch”.

Students told ABC11 the sign was in reference to bringing back their former white principal who was replaced in 2015 and an hour-long lunch break that was done away with.

It was quickly removed, but many staff and students saw it, and a photo quickly spread on social media.

The school’s principal, Malik Bazzell, said the school’s stadium and baseball field were also vandalized.

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He said the school will seek criminal charges and is working with WCPSS security to investigate the incident.

“Let me be clear: This was an offensive act that has no place in our school,” said Principal Malik Bazzell. “The imagery is deeply offensive and everyone in our school community should be appalled.”

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The Wake County School District also took to its social media account to ensure parents and students that incidents like this will not be tolerated.

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