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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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mrscada February 23 2014 at 2:54 AM

I find the name CrackerJack racist ,...Jack.
Isn't this the "C" word that people avoid and talk about?

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Lazaraescudaro February 23 2014 at 12:45 AM

:D Came on !!! That is a ......... Chinese metalwork ............... On Bronze

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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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James M. Adams February 22 2014 at 11:06 PM

James Meredith is still alive. And he isn't behaving like a little b tch. Why are you?

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ERIC James M. Adams February 22 2014 at 4:41 PM

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moaber February 22 2014 at 7:55 PM

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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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sonofra1 February 22 2014 at 6:39 PM

This was a prank that was in VERY bad taste, and it has been dealt with in the manner and at the level it deserves ...but trying to call this a "hate crime" reeks of government overstepping it's powers by infringing upon the first amendment rights ...even if that right was used in a particularly poor and distateful manner. The media and certain political groups are milking this for their own ends. These guys have been booted out of their Frat ...their Frat has been suspended, and I suspect that these guys may get booted out of Ol' Miss as well before its all said and done. To all parties ...leave it lay, its not worth the ill will it creates. Besides you can't fix this kind of "stupid" ...with law or anything else but a change of heart and a little wisdom.

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whmere sonofra1 February 22 2014 at 6:45 PM

These is just a loke by the Deltas. Poor Dean Wormer cant get over it.

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whmere whmere February 22 2014 at 6:46 PM


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bigwingnut sonofra1 February 22 2014 at 6:55 PM

It might be hate, but it ain't a crime!

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