Official: Campus loops prompted by the approach of Halloween

MOBILE, Ala. – A university official says a student suspended for the binding of two loops on an Alabama campus and let them hang in a tree did so because it is almost Halloween.

A vice-president for the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Michael Mitchell, says the student admitted making the loops, which were made of ropes which were hanging on a branch. The ropes had apparently been used to suspend a sign earlier.

Mitchell said Thursday the student told the authorities that he is not realizing a noose around the neck would be offensive to black students and “tore” when told that it could be.

The student has been suspended from class and banned from campus. A temporary employee at the school was fired after posting a racially insensitive tweet about the incident.

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