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Ole Miss frat: Noose on statue of black student gets three expelled

An Ole Miss frat has been suspended for very poor taste.
Thomas Graning

College fraternities are known to do some pretty off-the-wall and over-the-top things, and an Ole Miss frat has joined that club. CBS 12 reported on Feb. 22, 2014, that the Ole Miss chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has been indefinitely suspended with three members being expelled due to desecrating the statue of a black student by putting a noose on his neck.

SEE: LSU Fraternity: Apology given after tasteless banner mocking Kent State massacre

Three 19-year-old freshmen members of the Ole Miss frat were kicked out of school for their suspected involvement in putting a noose on the James Meredith statue. Meredith was the first black student to enroll in what was then, an all-white college.

"It is embarrassing that these men had previously identified with our fraternity," Brian Warren Jr., the organization’s chief executive, said in a statement late Friday.

"SigEp 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," Warren said. "For this to occur in 2014 is an insult to the legacy of James Meredith, the University of Mississippi community and the SigEp alumni who fought for racial equality in the late 1950s."

Sigma Phi Epsilon said it has suspended the Alpha chapter of the Ole Miss frat. Not only were the three freshmen expelled but their identities were given to investigators.

This past week, police found the noose tied around the neck of the statue, and there was more to it as well. An old Georgia flag that had a Confederate battle emblem in it was also put on the statue.

On Friday, Ole Miss attempted to question three white students that are reportedly connected with the situation, but their attorneys would not allow that to happen without arrest warrants.

Due to the situation with the Ole Miss frat, the Ole Miss Alumni Association is currently offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

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