Rainbow nooses on Tenn. campus called “disturbing”

UPDATE: Via WTVF, NASHVILLE – Just hours after a photo was uploaded to social media purportedly showing six nooses hanging from a tree at Austin Peay State University, the incident was revealed to be part of an art display, school officials said.

The APSU Police Department found six nooses of different colors arranged in the color of a rainbow around 5 p.m. Monday. It caused a stir on social media after it was uploaded to Instagram.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS News) – A Tennessee university is investigating whether six nooses arranged in the colors of the rainbow and hanging from a tree near the art building were part of an art project.

Bill Pesinger is a spokesman with Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. He says someone called campus police about the display about 5 p.m. Monday. Police immediately took the nooses down out of concern they were meant as a hate symbol.

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Pesinger says the head of the art department is interviewing a student about the display.

He says there was no artist’s statement left with the nooses that could explain why they were hung there.

CBS affiliate WTVF in Nashville reports University President Alisa White issued a statement calling the nooses “deeply disturbing.”

“This incident is deeply disturbing and is hurtful to our University community,” White said in the statement. “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.”

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