Students have staged a protest in Tennessee claiming teachers did not do enough after racist messages were posted online.
Local media said roughly 200 students took part in the protest at Haywood High School on Monday (December 4) and others walked out of lessons as part of the demonstration.
It is claimed students posted racist comments on social media which referenced "stringing up" people who are black, according to the BBC.
Other students allege that the only punishment handed out to the perpetrators was a piece of homework obliging them to write a 10-page essay. This has not been confirmed by the school.
News channel WREG Memphis was told by an organiser of the protest, Malik Green, that action needed to be taken as administrators at the school were trying to sweep the issue "under the rug."
Protestor Angelina Ferrer also told Buzzfeed: "We will not stop until we get justice with the school system."
However the local school board has said that it has started an investigation into the matter.
Superintendent Joey Hassell, of the Haywood County Schools district, said "hatred, racism, and bigotry have no place in our school district."