Clarksville, TN (WKRN) – Austin Peay State University is investigating after six nooses were found hung on campus.
The nooses were found hanging from a tree in front of the school’s Trahern Fine Arts Building. A photo was found on social media as students started noticting and complaining about the nooses around 5:00 p.m. Monday evening. Each of the nooses were a different color, appearing to be organized in the colors of a rainbow.
Campus police removed the nooses, the school says, “out of concern of hate symbolism and its potential impact to the campus.”
Students were, at first, shocked. “My first reaction was like, why are there nooses on campus? But then, when I read up on it later and earlier this morning, it was students just trying to do an art project and I just think they got a little misdirected or misguided,” says student Jermer Braswell.
The University’s president called it “deeply disturbing and is hurtful to our University community and Regardless of the intent, the display has no place on our campus.”
It has not been confirmed whether the nooses were part of an art project, or not, but the school says they are investigating.