CROFTON, Md. — Members of a Maryland middle school community west of Annapolis covered its grounds with positive messages days after a noose was hung there.

Local news outlets report hundreds of people gathered Sunday evening at Crofton Middle School to chalk symbols of positivity on the sidewalks after a noose was discovered hanging outside the school Thursday morning.

Kristen Caminiti says the event was organized by a community group she founded. She says the goal was to spread a message that hate will not be tolerated.

Children and adults used bright-colored chalk to write messages like, “One love, one planet, one people.”

Anne Arundel County police said in a statement that 19-year-olds Conner Prout of Crofton and John Havermann of Pasadena were arrested Friday afternoon and charged in connection with the noose.

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