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Duke student issues apology for noose incident

Posted May 1, 2015

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— 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.


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  • Rebecca Caldwell May 3, 2015
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    I agree. Can we really expect someone born in the mid-1990's to have the same understanding of these kinds of symbols as us older folks do? I don't think so, and that's really a good thing.

  • Bonnie Craig May 2, 2015
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    Give the kid a break. A stupid mistake. " let's hang out" When are we going to realize that none of us are perfect?

  • Roger Chance May 1, 2015
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    A noose hung in a tree causes major disruptions in social intercourse. MAJOR stupidity. Looking for something to protest.
    Rebels w/a cause they do not understand.

  • William Mitchell May 1, 2015
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    Most of you are correct in your assumptions....sad...but you are quite right. That is why the Race Warriors did not make an appearance. It also the reason the media didn't fuel the flames. Basically...they decided there was no story here...and it doesn't take much thought to realize why the incident actually took place either...lets get some riots going in Durham. You may rage at me if you wish...but each one of you know full well that I am correct in every aspect.

  • Tammy Rush May 1, 2015
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  • Al Smith May 1, 2015
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    Should be named and shamed.

  • Jamal Jensen May 1, 2015
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    Thanks for providing that information. You need to be compensated for doing the job the local news media refuses to do.

  • Jamal Jensen May 1, 2015
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    One thing for sure, the kid is not white.

  • Ryan Walsh May 1, 2015
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    Why doesn't wral start reporting highschool drama too? Let's stir the pot baby!

  • William Teach May 1, 2015
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    Hmm, so all that angst and anger and marching was all over a dumb kid being a dumb kid. Surprise!

    What should concern people is that the student ad to explain himself to law enforcement.