There are some concerns about the safety of Black students at the University of South Alabama after nooses were discovered Tuesday (September 25) hanging from a tree on campus.
The university released a statement on Wednesday notifying the college community that the campus police identified the student responsible for the incident.
“A University of South Alabama student has been interimly suspended and banned from campus, pending a formal hearing, after confessing to an incident discovered last night outside the campus dining hall. USA Police have determined the student acted alone in hanging a bicycle and two nooses in a tree,” the statement said.
Free counseling was offered to students, but it’s unclear what steps the university will take to ensure student safety. The local NAACP chapter noted in its statement that Mobile, where the campus is located, was the site of the last documented Ku Klux Klan lynching.
“This is a rare and isolated incident, and from a safety standpoint the student responsible has been suspended and barred from campus until a formal disciplinary hearing can be held,” the university’s spokesman Bob Lowry told NewsOne. He added that additional officers patroled the area Wednesday night.
Campus police on Wednesday at first said the noose was left by mistake and was not in fact a noose, according to AL.com.
Prior to the president’s statement, the Mobile County chapter of the NAACP criticized the university for not immediately addressing the situation.
“This is a circumstance that many of us feel needs immediate attention considering America’s history and Mobile’s history,” a statement from Jordan Harris, president of the chapter, said.
Harris pointed out that members of the KKK were responsible for hanging 19-year-old Michael Donald in 1981 from a tree in Mobile.
A cafeteria worker was also fired after posting an offensive tweet from the university’s dining hall account.
“The rope outside of the caf last night was just a sign that our food is KILLER! Come get some fried chicken and tell us any different,” the tweet said.
The worker was an employee of Aramark, which manages the dining facility, the university stated.
Assisted Living For Old Felons: Photos From Bill Cosby's New Prison Homes
1. SCI Phoenix Prison
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.@CorrectionsPA says Bill Cosby will stay at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, Montgomery County to serve his 3-10 year prison sentence. DOC says “He is being housed in a single cell in a unit adjacent to the infirmary.” @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/8LZlOZ75Db— Jim Melwert (@JMelwert) September 26, 2018
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“Our quest to create a humane space where we can bring about positive change and keep communities safe.” - Rev. Ulli Klemm. SCI Phoenix dedication. pic.twitter.com/CiGrwDFHGz— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) June 2, 2018
3. Cosby's prison mates at SCI Phoenix
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The move from Graterford to Phoenix has resumed. Here's a picture from 7/14/18. Inmates moving into the west side of the facility - SCI Phoenix has East & West sides separated by centrally-shared areas - food services, work, education, treatment, etc. pic.twitter.com/saM9QwmCH5— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) July 15, 2018
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This is where Bill Cosby is going to prison Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania. Here's a look inside the maximum-security prison. https://t.co/E2A5xn3ezF #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/zLrHvTHwkC— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) September 26, 2018
7. SCI Phoenix Prison
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Good morning from SCI Phoenix, the state prison in eastern Pennsylvania where inmate William Henry Cosby spent the night.— A-riff-on Frankenstein (@AFrancoTX) September 26, 2018
Prison officials tell us he got a jumpsuit, blanket, sheets and a hygiene kit just like every other inmate. #CosbySentencing pic.twitter.com/qXA0qzTq3Y
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I’m at SCI Phoenix where Bill Cosby is spending his first night as a convicted sex-offender. Prison staff tell me he’s finishing up his dinner of baked meatballs with rice, whipped potatoes, green beans and gravy. #CosbySentencing #cosbysentence #Cosby @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/uVkkLqMXHm— Denise Nakano (@NakanoDenise) September 26, 2018
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16. Wheelchair Bound Prisoner Gazing Across SCI Laurel Highlands Prison YardSource:Getty 16 of 20
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18. Older Prisoners in Wheelchairs at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 18 of 20
19. SCI Laurel Highlands Prison
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Informative tour at Laurel Highlands SCI today with Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/4HbzFVZp36— Sheryl M. Delozier (@RepDelozier) August 10, 2016
Student Safety In Question After Nooses Were Found On Alabama College Campus was originally published on newsone.com