Noose-like items found on University of Delaware campus not a hate crime

 (University of Delaware photo)

(University of Delaware photo)

University of Delaware Police have determined three noose-like items found on campus grounds were not instruments of a hate crime.


An investigation into the incident determined the items were remnants of paper lanterns used during an event the night before.

However, the university is now starting a discussion about race relations on campus. The University will host a gathering at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the main college green to discuss these issues.

The Tuesday investigation took place after a student found what were believed to be three nooses hanging from a tree in front of Mitchell Hall.

A peaceful demonstration for the “Black Lives Matter” movement took place one day earlier, and was thought to be the motive for the alleged noose incident.

University spokesman Peter Bothum said even though the incident was not a hate crime, it is important the university address race relations among students.

“…the sensitivity of our campus to this potential issue clearly indicates a need for ongoing dialogue within our community,” he said in a statement.

“The safety and inclusiveness of our campus are our top priorities and we will always act quickly and decisively to respond to the concerns of our community.”


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