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UD Police Determine "Nooses" Were Actually Paper Lantern Remnants

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Courtesy: University of Delaware Courtesy: University of Delaware
Courtesy: University of Delaware Courtesy: University of Delaware

NEWARK, Del.- Based on an investigation conducted throughout Tuesday night, University of Delaware officials say that UD Police have determined that the three noose-like items found outside Mitchell Hall were not instruments of a hate crime.

Instead, police say they were remnants of paper lanterns from an event previously held on The Green.

The university says the sensitivity of the campus to this potential issue "clearly indicates a need for ongoing dialogue within our community." The university continues to encourage everyone to attend the gathering scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon on The Green.

At first school officials were calling it a "hate crime." Below is information the University’s Acting President shared via email with students, faculty and staff tonight:

To our campus community:

Tuesday evening a student found what are believed to be three nooses hanging from a tree in front of Mitchell Hall on The Green. University of Delaware Police responded to the scene immediately and are now investigating this incident as a hate crime. Police officers have removed the nooses.

I ask for the cooperation of all members of our community in this serious matter. If you saw anything suspicious on The Green between dusk and 10 p.m., on Sept. 22, I urge you to share that information immediately with UD Police by calling 302-831-2222.

Such cowardly and reprehensible acts are clearly designed to intimidate and frighten, and they are unacceptable on our campus. 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.

These hateful acts stand in stark contrast to the peaceful protest and discussion held near the same spot just one day earlier.

As we work through the investigation, I encourage you and other members of our community to stay strong and to remember that the true campus we envision for ourselves is attainable if we work together.

We are now planning a campuswide gathering for Wednesday, and I will share details as soon as they are available.

Sincerely,

Nancy M. Targett

Acting President

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