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Duke says noose incident was 'result of ignorance and bad judgment'

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Student says he was unaware of cultural significance of a noose in the South.

Duke University says it has completed its investigation of a noose found hanging in a tree near the Bryan Center Plaza on April 1 and "has determined that it was a result of ignorance and bad judgment."

It says the unnamed undergraduate student responsible has written an open letter of apology, has been sanctioned through the university conduct system, and will be eligible to return to classes next semester.

The student will not face any criminal charges.

In the letter, the student claims he was playing with the string while sitting with friends and left it hanging because he "truly did not appreciate the historical sensitivity of a noose hanging in a tree."

"My purpose in hanging the noose was merely to take some pictures with my friends together with the noose, and then texting it to some others inviting them to come and "hang out" with us -- because it was such a nice day outside. If there was ever a pun with unintended consequences -- this was certainly one," the student wrote.

Click here to read the entire letter: http://today.duke.edu/2015/05/nooseinvestigation

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