After investigating a report of a noose hung outside a student’s dorm room on Wednesday, Michigan State University determined it was leather shoelaces.
“Officers located and spoke to the student who lost both of the shoelaces, which are packaged in a way that someone could perceive them to look similar to a noose. The student who lost the shoelaces lives on the same floor as the student who made the original report,” MSU spokesman Jason Cody said in a statement.
The original shoelace found inside the residence hall was not directed at any individual, Cody wrote. “It originally was seen on hallway floor and later on a stairwell door handle, where officers believe someone put it after picking it up.”
“As we did in this case, the university takes any reported racial incident very seriously,” Cody said in the statement. “We feel it is important to quickly communicate what we know to the campus community and provide updates as necessary. MSU continues to provide support to the students involved.”
During the investigation Wednesday, MSU President Lou Anna Simon issued a statement lauding the student who came forward and condemning racial incidents.
“I want to be clear: This type of behavior is not tolerated on our campus,” Simon said. “No Spartan should ever feel targeted based on their race or other ways in which they identify. A noose is a symbol of intimidation and threat that has a horrendous history in America.”