Police are looking into a possible hate crime involving a noose

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - An investigation is underway at Start high school to determine who hung what police say appears to be a noose. 13abc has learned it's the second one that's been found on school property this month.

A citizen was walking along the Bowman Park path and reported the possible crime.

"They noticed something that they described as a noose. They called police and we responded. Did discover something hanging that appeared to be a noose type set up," said Toledo police Lt. Kevan Toney.

According to this police report it was found on Friday. The rope was tied with a sliding loop to the visitors section of the bleachers on the football field. The report claims the strap dangled about 6-8 feet from a wooden bench on the ground. The principal took pictures of the strap after it was cut down.

"When we are called by the neighbor in the park who had spotted it under the bleachers at that point we were notified that someone in the school possibly a maintenance worker had discovered something similar about a week before," said Lt. Toney.

Police have added extra patrols in the area. Lt. Kevan Toney says investigators are looking into why it was there. Officers are also working with TPS security and reviewing school video. A Toledo public schools says at this time, TPS does not have reason to believe the incident is race related. However, the situation is still under investigation.