Campus police have been called in to investigate after several nooses were found hanging from a tree at the Austin Peay State University campus in Tennessee.
Officials said the APSU Police Department received complaints from several people about the nooses. Officers found six nooses of different colors arranged in the color of a rainbow around 5 p.m. Monday.
The ropes were removed. The intent of the nooses was not clear, but officials said they were concerned about the “hate symbolism and its potential impact to the campus.”
APSU President Alisa White released a statement late Monday night.
“This incident is deeply disturbing and is hurtful to our University community… Regardless of the intent, the display has no place on our campus. I am saddened, and I am sorry for the hurt and offense this has caused and want our students, faculty, and staff to know that it will not be tolerated.”
A photo was posted to the NAACP of APSU's Instagram page.
Anyone with information about the display should contact campus police.