Duke student issues apology for noose incident
Posted May 1, 2015
Durham, N.C. — The Duke University student who placed a noose in a tree on campus outside the Bryan Center a month ago issued a written letter of apology to the campus community on Friday.
"Through my lack of cultural awareness and joking personality, I ended up unintentionally creating a huge mess for myself, my friends, my family and many members of the Duke community that I severely regret," the student wrote.
The student said the noose was hung as a prank to entice friends to "hang out."
"If there was ever a pun with unintended consequences -- this was certainly one," the student wrote.
The student, who was asked to leave the school after the April 1 incident, was sanctioned through the university conduct process and is eligible to return to campus next semester, according to a university spokesman.