Three nooses found hanging from a tree outside a University of Delaware performance hall Tuesday night were being investigated as a racial hate crime, university police said. Acting U-D President Nancy Target says University Police determined the objects were remnants of paper lanterns used at an earlier event.
University police quickly removed the items as pictures of them taken by students were being shared social media. 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 its statement Wednesday morning, University officials defended that response. Franklin said it’s not the first time she’s felt unsafe on campus.
Campus authorities are now looking for whoever hung the nooses behind one of the campus buildings in what is being called a “hate crime”.
Another rally is now planned for outside Mitchell Hall, reports said, at 4:30 p.m.
The incident comes a day after peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators protested a speech in Mitchell Hall by Fox News commentator and author Katie Pavlich, who has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The sensitivity of our campus to this potential issue clearly indicates a need for ongoing dialogue within our community”, said The University in its statement.