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Ole Miss students may face charges for noose incident

Ole Miss Students May Face Charges For Noose Incident

Three freshman students at The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss, could face criminal charges for putting a noose around the statue of James Meredith, the school's first African American student.

The Washington Post reports police found a noose and Georgia's old state flag, which includes a confederate symbol, around the neck of the seven-year-old Meredith statue Sunday.

The three white Ole Miss students are part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Following the incident, Ole Miss suspended the fraternity and the three students were kicked out of the chapter.

Meredith integrated Ole Miss as a graduate student in 1962 with the help of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the protection of federal authorities sent by then-President John F. Kennedy. Meredith graduated in 1963.

While WAPT reports the FBI is investigating the incident, WHBQ says that local authorities don't exactly know what to charge them with.

"What exactly was the crime? Was it malicious mischief? Was it damaging property? Was it intimidation? Was it all three? What do you charge them with."

"His office cannot find anything in the wording of the state laws that would make the act either a felony or misdemeanor offense."

According to CNN, another racially-charged incident took place on Ole Miss' campus just this week. Third-year senior Keisha Reeves told police someone threw alcohol at her from a moving car while shouting racial slurs.

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saraleith February 22 2014 at 2:04 PM

I am never for kicking a kid out of school. They need an education, but I am for making them repeat grades and doing a lot of extra work.

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mazd273 February 22 2014 at 2:33 PM

Well that's America...too stupid to learn. You would think that after all these years they would get it . They can't even be original in their stupidity and hatred. Parents is this why you took out home equity loans so your stupid kids can risk being kicked out of school?

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libertysanders February 22 2014 at 3:39 PM

Reprehensible though it was, this was not a crime.

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vuldown2 February 22 2014 at 1:29 PM

i have a friend from alabama whose comment on their education system is 'thank god for mississippi.' i think i now understand why .' ..

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Ann February 22 2014 at 2:08 PM

This is a hate crime what did the do. many are asking. How about the simple fact that these young white students think somehow they are better. I think the punishment should be cleaning the black Frat house every weekend as long as they remain in school

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guesswho2756 February 22 2014 at 12:28 PM

People are just messed up. We are all the same. We are all the same. Some better looken some not. People we have one chance on this planet. To waste time about color is insane to me.

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skitzlpk February 22 2014 at 1:03 PM

Charge them with "social outrage" which in absence of real law is the new fire & pitchfork methodology in destroying lives. Yeah, this was sort of corny & ill thought out but it probably wasn't a crime since no one was injured except the feelings of some..

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lovebrtuck skitzlpk February 22 2014 at 1:21 PM

Feeling of others.... is quite important and should be understood by College students and trained from their parents at home... with "great" home training and morals!! Without this in most people... this world would be worst than it is today!!

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ehas123 skitzlpk February 22 2014 at 2:22 PM

It's a terrorist act. They are terrorizing the black students who are most likely doing better than them in the classrooms.

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GOODSKIPPER ehas123 February 22 2014 at 3:34 PM


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G'Money February 22 2014 at 1:01 PM

Though I know how difficult it is to deal with. The best thing to do is shrug this whole thing off instead of giving too much negative attention to the incident. The truth is, a great majority of America today does not act in such ignorance when it comes to race anymore.
it's also getting a lot better in regards to homosexuality. Long story short, the relatively small group of individuals left that still relish in these ways of thinking feel the need to make controversial moves so that their view of the world can gain momentum. If we ignore it, then acts like this will remain within these small groups. These individuals know they can get there message out as long as Americans continue to lash out in response to these things. Just my opinion.

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James M. Adams February 22 2014 at 1:20 PM

White guy robs a convenience store, points a gun at the clerk and shouts "Give me the money!". That's armed robbery.

Same white guy, same clerk. White guy points the gun and shouts "Give me the money, Apu!" Armed robbery, right? But also a hate crime. Unless the clerk is white.

Same robber. Head is covered. He's wearing a ski mask, dark glasses, and wearing gloves. His race is unknown to the clerk. He shouts "Give me the money, you n-." The clerk is an elderly Korean woman. Hate crime? Or just armed robbery?

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sopranosly James M. Adams February 22 2014 at 1:36 PM

Black guys at a convenience store, points a gun at the clerk and shout give me the money whitie or I'll blow your head off. Not a racist act just life in the big city. If it's the other way around Jesse and Al Sharpton will be coming to your town. Thats Racism

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ehas123 sopranosly February 22 2014 at 2:04 PM

You are the racist here and you are also a liar and a fabricator.

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vtoog4u February 22 2014 at 12:58 PM

I believe that those students need a better understanding of our culture. what they did is so wrong but at the same time there is other way to approach this problem so we can sure so this thing shouldn't happen again. Because punishment is not always the solution.

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lovebrtuck vtoog4u February 22 2014 at 1:38 PM

They need to be punished!! Not sure of a solution... This should have began at home with their parents while growing up with "strong morals" and a loving spirit!!!!

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