ECU Investigating Possible Noose Found On Campus

An investigation on the East Carolina University campus has students asking questions about their safety.

It could be a racial incident or nothing at all, but officials say they are not taking it lightly.

We're told a resident found what looked like a noose hanging from a light fixture in the basement of Belk Residence Hall on September 23rd.

Officials say it was removed and the resident assistant reported it to administrators. This happened just three days after supporters of the Jena Six rallied on campus.

Wednesday night, ECU students wanted answers about this suspected incident and voiced their concerns at the black student union's regular meeting, to see if this could be a copycat incident spurred by the Jena Six controversy.

The interim provost for student affairs at ECU says there is surveillance video inside the Belk Hall basement, which is being reviewed.

The ECU Police are leading the investigation, which should wrap up later this week.


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  • by Don Location: Pinetown on Oct 5, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    Why should we not look back at the plight of the African American. Why should white history be the only history that is looked back on with importance. Who are you people to tell someone what they should be sensitive about. You may think you know how it is to be black, but until you have walked in a black person shoes in this country, save your comments about something you know about. Just as the swastika and Holocaust haunts the Jewish community, slavery and its hatred will always haunt the Black community.
  • by jerry Location: winterville on Oct 5, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    With all the important events of the world, Is a "possible noose" all you can find to report???This kind of journalism is like removine the top of a septic tank & stiring.
    Editor's note: Given the rash of noose cases, the fact that ECU students met with university officials--and that there was a police investigation we felt this story was newsworthy. Two other television stations and a newspaper felt the same way.
  • by Ray Location: Farmville on Oct 4, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    I did not it was A crime to have A nuse hanging down from anything unless someone was hanging from the end of it
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:35 PM
    I hate to say this BUT, why does the black community see this as a threat to blacks. Whites have been hung with rope for ages. There have been white people hung with rope because they were helping black people become free. It ain't the rope people. It is people trying to intimidate people and guess what. YOU let them do it at every turn. The more you stir trouble, the more trouble there will be. Get over it. One girl said on tv, she had to pay the price for blacks being hung in the past. Hogwash. She did not pay for anything no more than I had a hand in the same people she is talking about, being hung in the past. I am not proud of what white people did before I was born. She nor any other black has to pay the price for being black. If you're paying for this, you need to do a self check. You were not there and neither was I. If it's vengence you are out for, you are in bad shape. RISE UP ABOVE IT AND DONT LOOK BACK. LOOK AHEAD. Thats where your life is.
  • by Beth Location: Greenville on Oct 4, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    Why does this article say that this happend on the 23rd when the east carolinian says that this happend on the 19th and started investigating on the 23rd. Who is lying and who is telling the truth? Why was there another noose found October 3, 2007 in the same residence hall and why doesn't the student population know about this? ECU needs to get their stories straight and inform their students of these hate crimes.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Oct 4, 2007 at 08:48 AM
    I love the arguments people use to justify these kinds of acts. Seems like anything race-related, people's first reaction is to dismiss or minimize it. You have to look at these situations in the context in which they occur. I guess the fact that this happened 3 days after a Jena 6 rally is just coincidence. We all know what a noose symbolizes to the African-American community. Those who commit these acts know what it means as well. That's why they do it. So, stop acting like you were born yesterday or have no sense of history. As long as these things are not taken seriously, you will continue to see it happen and those who don't think it's a big deal will have to continue making excuses for it.
  • by Xavian Location: Greenville on Oct 4, 2007 at 06:35 AM
    Its about what the noose symbolizes. Even after states stopped hangings as a avenue for executions. Black people continued to be hung and left for public displays of "terrorism". There is no reason why anyone should see a noose as a joke.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Oct 4, 2007 at 05:14 AM
    I think it is a joke that a peice of rope can cause all these problems. People of every color have been hung by ropes since ropes have been around. Why do people want to make it about offending their specific race. Oh and I guess with Holloween coming up don't open your eyes you might see a rope and noose.
  • by angela Location: rocky mount on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:12 AM
    My daughter is a student there. Hanging nooses or any thing that's intimidating to other should be prosecuted. I feel very uncomfortable for my daughter!
  • by Glen Location: Washington, NC on Oct 4, 2007 at 02:47 AM
    Too much emphasis on race, not enough on study. Disband Black Student Union, White Student Union and send the News Media Home. Thanks
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