University of Delaware 'hate crime' investigation ends on comedic note

An investigation into an alleged hate crime on the campus of the University of Delaware ended yesterday when it was discovered that what was believed to be hangman's nooses turned out to be leftover decorations.  The "nooses" were found in the general vicinity of a Black Lives Matter protest, leading to hysterical hate crime charges.  

And hilarity ensued.

Washington Times:

Campus officials were alerted late Tuesday by students who thought nooses had been left hanging from a tree on campus not far from the location of a recent Black Lives Matter demonstration.

“This hateful display stands in stark contrast to Monday night’s peaceful protest and discussion. We condemn this despicable action and ask everyone in our community to stand together against intolerance and hate,” Nancy M. Targett, the school’s acting president, said in a statement Tuesday.

Within hours, however, officials retracted their concerns after realizing the supposed nooses were actually harmless remnants from a separate event.

“Thanks to tips from students who responded to our earlier call for information and the investigative work of University of Delaware Police, it has been determined that the three noose-like items found outside Mitchell Hall were not instruments of a hate crime, but the remnants of paper lanterns from an event previously held on The Green,” the acting president explained early Wednesday.

“I am confident that we have determined the origin of these items,” weighed in Police Chief Patrick Ogden.

No fewer than eight students had described the lanterns to authorities as resembling nooses before the investigation was halted, Chief Ogden told a local NBC News affiliate.

The "acting president" of the university should be fired for generating hysteria over nothing and for jumping to conclusions.  She put white students in danger with her wild, unsubstantiated charges.  Note that there was no hedging, no caveats – she described the lanterns as a "hate crime." 

And no apologies for ginning up outrage for no reason.

It would be nice if university officials and students would learn a valuable lesson from this, but they won't.  So we await the next fake "hate crime," with an overreacting administration and students enslaved to a politically correct reaction.