ARCHIVES: Noose Found At ECU Stadium Construction Site

It has long been a symbol of hate and is now the focus of an investigation at ecu.

A noose was discovered hanging in the construction area of the east end zone at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

ECU officials say the noose was found by construction workers Monday afternoon.

T.A. Loving, the construction company in charge of building the new end zone, told WITN on Tuesday they are cooperating with the investigation.

John Durham with ECU says the university does not tolerate hate crimes or intimidation.

North Carolina General Statues has a law prohibiting anyone hanging a noose.

ECU says its investigation will take a few days to complete.

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ECU says it's investigating the discovery of a noose found hanging at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

University police say the noose was found Monday in the east end zone, where several thousand seats are being added to the stadium. The area had been closed to the public for several weeks because of the ongoing construction. Construction workers found it hanging from the bleachers.

Chancellor Steve Ballard, who is on vacation, said, “The investigation could take several days to complete, but we hope to bring it to a conclusion as soon as possible. We intend for the university to be a welcoming, inclusive community and we will not tolerate activities that are illegally threatening or intimidating.”

University police, who are conducting the investigation, say the construction company is cooperating with the investigation.

Under North Carolina law, hanging a noose with the intent of intimidating someone is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

In 2007 what some students said was a noose was found hanging in the basement of Belk Residence Hall.

After an investigation, ECU police said they couldn't determine if the rope in Belk was indeed a noose because it had been untied by students before officers arrived.


NC General Statutes - Chapter 14 Article 4A 4

§ 14-12.13. Placing exhibit with intention of intimidating, etc., another.

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to place or cause to be placed anywhere in this State any exhibit of any kind whatsoever, while masked or unmasked, with the intention of intimidating any person or persons, or of preventing them from doing any act which is lawful, or of causing them to do any act which is unlawful. For the purposes of this section, the term
"exhibit" includes items such as a noose. (1953, c. 1193, s. 12; 2008-197, s. 2.)


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    Me either Dawone(black guy).
  • by Dawone Location: Greenville on Aug 11, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    FYI, This isn't a Hate Crime. At least I don't see it as one, and I'm a Black Guy. It's a rope tied into a noose, a prank, big deal.
  • by I don' know Dave on Aug 10, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    The hot story is the white guy who murdered the other white guy and then he was released.
  • by Dave Location: In the zone on Aug 9, 2010 at 09:02 PM
    I cannot believe that this story is still hanging around.
  • by Whatever Location: Hamilton on Aug 9, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    Nothing like this should be found anywhere.I dont think noone want to go there with this again.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    its a piece of rope. It doesn't mean anything unless someone wants to put meaning onto it. We used to fashion those as kids in school, we weren't out to hang anyone with them. Are you telling me that no white folks were ever hanged and therefore the whole rope finding means a white person is out to hang a black person. OMG! Let's hope we don't find a watermelon anywhere, especially anywhere a round a noose, that would be a trap!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    And Dixiegirl929 what does that mean? No black person is scared of no noose, because only white people are commenting on this story, because you are sad and ignorant.
  • by Dixiegirl929 on Aug 8, 2010 at 06:49 PM
    And?
  • by crazy widow Location: falkland on Aug 7, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    Shiona Mejorado y make this a big deal. It's not like it harmed anyone, thats what is wrong with the world today. Ppl killin ppl over lil stuff like this. It would have been different if there was a person hangin from it them it should have been a big deal just to a lil point.
  • by to Sam on Aug 7, 2010 at 06:27 PM
    What is wrong with Chapel Hill? It is better than ECU. We all know what they are?
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