By BVN Staff
Three freshman members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity's Ole Miss chapter at University of Mississippi have been expelled from the fraternity following the investigation of a noose hanging from a statue of James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the university in 1962.
Earlier this month, campus police found the noose accompanied with a Confederate flag hanging from the statue. The racially-tinged incident sparked a national outcry and an investigation was launched by local authorities that later also involved the FBI.
Last week, tips began to pour in after the Ole Miss Alumni Association offered a $25,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects responsible for vandalism of iconic statue. The names of the students that were suspected of the defacing the statue have not been released.
On Friday, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity also suspended its Ole Miss chapter.
The incident has been a source of debate over whether the alleged actions of the suspects were an act of expression or a hate crime.
Local and federal authorities are exploring whether criminal charges could be filed against the suspected students.
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