Cross burning prompts Montrose school forum

A burning cross found on the lawn of a black family?s Cortlandt home prompted racial tolerance forums at a Montrose school Monday. Students attended the forums during the first two classes of the day. Officials from the district say they have been working on improving the students' view of diversity since the school year began in September. Police say the cross, found in front of Clara and Wesley Artope?s Maple Avenue house, may have resulted from a fight last week at Hendrick Hudson High School. In addition to the cross, Artope says she found a sticky substance, possibly soda, on her car Sunday morning. Police have yet to comment on the latest incident. The cross burning is being investigated as a felony hate crime and the three students involved in last Wednesday?s fight have been suspended. Related Information:

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