September 23, 2015
Items hanging from trees on the campus of the University of Delaware were paper lanterns, not nooses, and therefore not the product of a hate crime, officials announced Wednesday, while not everyone is satisfied with that explanation.
University officials investigated after a student reported seeing what some thought looked like nooses from a tree in front of the school's Mitchell Hall.
Well, as it turns out, police say those were actually just paper lanterns leftover from an on-campus event.
Yet that doesn't mean the university shouldn't use the opportunity to open up a dialog -- presumably about race relations, considering the deep-rooted symbolism of hatred hanging nooses represent -- acting president Nancy M. Targett said in a statement and Youtube video:
Thanks UD Police for sending an alert when someone in the 5 mile area steals bread but not letting us know there are racists hanging nooses— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@megblissy) September 23, 2015
THERE ARE NOOSES HANGING ON UD CAMPUS, OKAY .— Odessa . (@PoeVanGogh) September 23, 2015
I still can't grasp the thought that somebody really put nooses up at UD..this isn't a small matter this is really crazy— It's Jah-Rod (Jerod) (@InJay_WeTrust) September 23, 2015
UD: They weren't nooses. They were lantern remnants Me: pic.twitter.com/0YmLviFQUN— Robert Legendowski (@G_Coppo) September 23, 2015
Having a very hard time believing that the nooses at UD were a mistake from lanterns. A message was made clear to Black Students— JP (@J_Page__) September 23, 2015
I sure hope this twitter story about nooses on UD campus is false. Terrible if true, especially after a Black Lives Matter rally.— John Gizis (@johngizis) September 23, 2015
In order to alleviate the tension, Targett will meet with students to discuss the incident on campus at 4:30 p.m.