Stanford’s president this week expressed support for a criminal investigation into an incident in which a noose was found on campus, despite the school knowing the rope made into the noose was left over from a theatrical production.
“A noose is a hateful representation of anti-Black racism and violence,” wrote President Marc Tessier-Lavigne in a statement to the Stanford community. “It is deeply disturbing that someone would choose to inflict this repugnant symbol on our community.”
Administrators are aware the ropes had been there for years. According to the Stanford “Protected Identity Harm Reporting” website, the ropes had been tied to a tree for a performance by a student organization.
But on May 8, it was discovered that one of the ropes had been made into a noose. It is unknown at this time who is responsible.
“We are working in vigorous and committed ways to advance equity, inclusion, and belonging in our Stanford community,” he wrote in his statement. “We have been making progress. But incidents like this one show how far we still have to go.”