UPDATED: Racial Intimidation Or Just A Prank?

An investigation into racial intimidation at one community college has been closed and the students involved have returned to class.

According to Kinston Public Safety, an incident that involved a stuffed monkey hanging from a car antenna at Lenoir Community College Tuesday, was just a prank, not a hate crime.

The two students who were asked to leave the L.C.C. indefinitely were allowed back to class on Thursday.

Officer say the students had no malicious intent and the incident was just a misunderstanding.

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A case of alleged racial intimidation is under investigation at one local community college.

Witnesses say close to fifteen people gathered in the parking lot of Lenoir Community College Tuesday when they say two white students hung a stuffed animal monkey on the antenna of a truck.

A student reported the incident to administrators claiming it was a racist act. Some who saw the incident unfold didn't think that was the cause. The thought it was meant to poke fun at the owner of the truck for being overweight.

LCC administrators say they're turning this case over to Kinston Public Safety for further investigation.

The two students involved have been suspended.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    Well, then lets turn this around, get the person involved with making the accusation and charge them with hate crimes. It should go both ways. If you allow people to look and create hate crimes, they will. It goes both ways folks!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    We need to destroy organizations that are based on supporting one race. This prank was only that. A prank. We have people dying in the middle east every day and this is what you choose to focus your energy on?
  • by robot Location: gville on Dec 9, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    check out the robot in the background during one of the interviews......hahaha!!!! typical
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Dec 9, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    Sounds like sane minds finally prevailed.
  • by Bp Location: Walstonburg on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    I am friends with the two boys that got in trouble for this and they were not being racist and I am glad that they have gotten cleared of the hate crime.
  • by Anonymous Location: Plymouth on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    I am so embarassed that I work in Plymouth where people like Dayquon live. You can't even spell words so how do you understand their meanings? I also would like to know why people just assume a monkey represents African Americans. I sure don't think the two are the same. Seems like some people's views of themselves are negative. Why does everything have to become a racial issue?
  • by b on Dec 8, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    Why do all the racial isuues and topics stay posted for soo long? It's bad enough as it is and there is going to ba backlash from all this.
  • by Earl on Dec 6, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    We should have picked our own cotton.
  • by dayquon Location: pylmouth on Dec 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    when will my peeple not be oprest by rashist act?
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 6, 2009 at 02:10 AM
    "jay mo", your chopped up, bad grammer would not indicate that your education is any better than the locals. Might pay you to just close the hole and live your life, quietly.
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