Ole Miss Fraternity Suspended, Noose Suspects Expelled

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A social fraternity chapter at Ole Miss has been indefinitely suspended by its national organization and three freshmen members have been expelled due to their alleged involvement in hanging a noose around a statue honoring the college’s first black student.

Sigma Phi Epsilon, said in a written statement that the men involved in the crime were a  part of the chapter at the university. The Alpha Chapter at the University Chapter voted to expel all three men and release the identities of the parties involved to the authorities.

“It is embarrassing that these men had previously identified with our fraternity,” said Brian C. Warren Jr., CEO of Sigma Phi Epsilon. “SigEp as a national fraternity has championed racial equality and issues on diversity since 1959 when it became the first national fraternity to invite members of all races, creeds and religions to join its membership.”

As reported earlier, a noose was tied around the neck of a James Meredith statue, the first black student to enroll at Ole Miss in 1962, along with a “pre-2003 Georgia state flag” that contains the Confederate symbol.

On Friday, the FBI told the AP that it planned to expand the vandalism investigation for potential violations of federal law.

Read more at the Associated Press.