CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Austin Peay State University is investigating after six nooses were found hung on campus.
According to the university, several people complained at 5 p.m. Monday after seeing the nooses near the Trahern Find Arts Building.
Each was a different color, collectively appearing to be organized in the colors of a rainbow.
School officials say upon finding them, campus police removed the nooses “out of concern of hate symbolism and its potential impact to the campus.”
“This incident is deeply disturbing and is hurtful to our University community,” said Alisa White, Austin Peay’s president. “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.”
The investigation is ongoing.