Lantern remnants mistaken for nooses at University of Delaware

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

College says remains of Chinese lanterns were mistaken for nooses.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The remnants of lanterns hanging from trees were mistaken this week for nooses, prompting a social media frenzy at the University of Delaware and a police investigation of a possible hate crime, the campus police chief said Wednesday.Campus authorities initially called it a ” hate crime” and spent Wednesday morning looking for whoever hung them behind one of the campus buildings. Police received a report Tuesday night about “noose-like” items in a tree outside Mitchell Hall, where an appearance by a conservative political commentator drew a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday.

But even though the “hate crime” has been exposed as a total non-event, the school is still doubling down on the necessity of fighting hate on campus. Interim university President Nancy Targett initially announced on Wednesday that the discovery of the items hanging in front of a campus building on Tuesday night had prompted a hate crime investigation. Three alleged nooses were supposedly found dangling from a tree on UD’s Green and had provoked a torrent of outrage within hours from minorities on campus who said they reflected a climate of hate. “I’ve been called the n-word multiple times.

Wednesday informing the community that they were investigating a “racist display” on the Newark campus, where blacks account for about 5 percent of undergraduates. “Social media was really running with this, and there were reports that there were nooses in trees and that kind of thing,” police chief Patrick Ogden said. “When you look at the pictures, and you consider the event we had the night before, I think a reasonable person could make that assumption, that it looked noose-like.” “Such cowardly and reprehensible acts are clearly designed to intimidate and frighten, and they are unacceptable on our campus,” Targett wrote. “I assure you we will work diligently to get to the bottom of this situation, identify the person or persons responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.” In response to the alert, several students came forward to report that the objects had been there for some time. I’ve dealt with a lot of racial BS at this campus, but never, never in my wildest imagination did I think in my last year here … that in the middle of the night I would run up to a tree with three nooses hanging up there,” student Gerti Wilson told Delaware Online. According to the Associated Press, Ms Targett said the incident revealed the campus’ sensitivity to the potential issue and showed a need for “continuing dialogue.” She invited the community to gather Wednesday afternoon.

No fewer than eight students had described the lanterns to authorities as resembling nooses before the investigation was halted, Chief Ogden told a local NBC News affiliate. I continue to encourage everyone to join me at the gathering scheduled at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon on The Green,” said Targett. “The safety and inclusiveness of our campus are our top priorities, and we will always act quickly and decisively to respond to concerns of our community.” Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience.

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