LSU: 'Noose' on social media not what it looks like
BATON ROUGE - LSU said a picture of what appeared to be a noose hanging from a campus tree Thursday was not what it appeared to be.
The picture was posted on social media and quickly spread through the LSU community. It showed what looked like a loop at the end of a rope or wire high up in a tree near Coates Hall.
A university spokesperson said it was actually part of a lightning prevention device which had come loose from a tree.
LSU Police still responded to check the scene and make sure it was safe for students before the wire was secured again.
The social media concern comes after a week of high-profile racial tensions in academic circles, specifically at the University of Missouri where students said racial slurs and threats such as nooses went unaddressed by administrators. The outcry led to the resignation of both the University of Missouri system president and Mizzou's chancellor.
LSU also sent out an email informing the campus about the situation, and emphasized that racial intolerance will not be permitted on campus. LSU NAACP said they also have a planned moment of silence at noon to support the University of Missouri protests.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Community supports memorial blood drive held in honor of Denham Springs High...
Mayor Broome plans to use $2.5 Million of CARES Act money to...
La. adopting federal guidelines easing restrictions on nursing home visits
Louisiana teacher uses Joe Burrow and some presidential figures to practice social...
Doctor warns heat stroke can strike anyone at any time, despite age
Coach O speaks with media, says 'most' of team has had coronavirus
LSU's Neil Farrell opting back in for 2020 season
LHSAA moves up start of high school football, teams cleared to start...
LSU AD Scott Woodwards talks Game Day for Tiger Stadium
Former LSU Tiger Tre White emotional over new NFL deal