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Ole Miss fraternity suspended over noose

A noose was hung on a statue of James Meredith on the Ole Miss campus.

T. Graning/Daily Mississippian

A noose was hung on a statue of James Meredith on the Ole Miss campus.

OXFORD, Miss. — A fraternity chapter at Ole Miss has been indefinitely suspended by its national organization and three of its freshman members were kicked out because of their alleged involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith, who was the first black student to enroll in the then all-white university in 1962.

In a written statement Friday, Sigma Phi Epsilon said it suspended the Alpha Chapter at the University of Mississippi, and the chapter voted to expel all three men and turn over their identities to investigators.

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Police on Sunday found a noose tied around the neck of the statue, along with an old Georgia flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design.

The FBI said Friday it planned to expand the investigation for potential violations of federal law.

The University of Mississippi said Friday that it wanted to question three white students in connection with the vandalism of the statue of Meredith.

But lawyers for the three students were not allowing them to be questioned without arrest warrants.

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