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Duke: A student placed noose on campus

Posted April 2, 2015

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— It was a student who placed a noose in a tree on the Duke University campus Wednesday, campus police have determined.

In an update Thursday afternoon, Michael J. Schoenfeld, Duke vice president for public affairs and government relations, told the media that Duke University Police and the school’s Office of Student Affairs had identified the person responsible for the noose, and that person was no longer on campus.

Schoenfeld declined to name the student, who he said was an undergraduate, and said the university would not share the person's gender or race.

The student will be subject to Duke’s student conduct process, which will determine any charges the student mayface, up to and including expulsion, Schoenfeld said.

Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta said in an email to students Wednesday that the noose was found hanging on a tree at the plaza outside the Bryan Center and removed before sunrise that day.

"To whomever committed this hateful and stupid act, I just want to say that, if your intent was to create fear, it will have the opposite effect," Moneta wrote. "In time, each of these cowardly acts of bias and hatred will strengthen our resolve to love and support each other."

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  • Andi Rueny Apr 4, 2015
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    No news at 5 or 6....WRAL is a total coward for going after duke and investigating!!!!!!

  • Alan Baker Apr 3, 2015
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    Or more likely the student is from the very protected class of wealthy Duke students or athletes and the University is keeping things in house even if it's a white, male, Christian, heterosexual.

    (You know, I think clinical paranoia might qualify someone as a member of a protected class under the category of mental illness though. That might come in handy for some people.)

  • John Carroll Apr 3, 2015
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    quote=14558585]Post by Phil Larson[/quote]You might want to edit your posts. I never heard of the movie "Stropes" and neither has Google or Bing. What connection does any movie have to do with the discussion at hand? And what is the sentence 'Lighten u Francis' supposed to mean? Your post didn't make any sense.[

  • Phil Larson Apr 3, 2015
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    You ever see the movie Stropes? Lighten u Francis.

  • John Carroll Apr 3, 2015
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    You seem to have a problem discerning sarcasm. Aside from that, your little sermon was based on an incorrect reading of what I wrote. I stated that I was having a difficult time deciding which of two episodes I should be more concerned about. This leaves open the possibility that I might be concerned about both but more concerned about one than the other. I didn't mention Raleigh.
    Since you apparently need things spelled out, I freely admit that I am far more concerned about 30 human beings being basely murdered than about a length of rope thrown over the branch of a tree.

  • Phil Larson Apr 3, 2015
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    Why not be concerned about both? Why not be concerned about the 20 or so murders in Raleigh last year (hard finding any data past 2011)?
    Concern is like love, it can be infinite, you can't run out if you don't want to.

  • John Carroll Apr 3, 2015
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    I'm having a hard time deciding whether I should be more concerned about this piece of rope or the 35 or so murders(give or take a dozen corpses) that occur in Durham, the City of Crime and Medicine, each year.

  • Brian Flate Apr 3, 2015
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    Todd said..........Someone's protecting someone and I bet there's a good reason.Oh no, the reason isn't a "good" reason.
    The reason is that the perpetrator is an inconvenient truth that goes against the Left's worldview.

    The perpetrator is someone from a protected class (i.e. someone other than white, male, Christian, heterosexual)

  • Todd Jenkins Apr 3, 2015
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    Something's fishy with the Duke position…No name…No sex…No gender revealed…Someone's protecting someone and I bet there's a good reason.

  • Mike C Apr 3, 2015
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    I wonder if this is still a "racial" issue since Duke refuses to say anything about the person that placed the noose in the firs place?

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