A story out of East Lansing, Michigan that was reported this week in a Michigan State University dorm sounded ominous at first:
— wilxTV (@wilxTV) October 4, 2017
BREAKING: A noose found hanging outside a student's dorm room is under investigation by MSPD and the OIE https://t.co/YC3iPKKBB8
— The State News (@thesnews) October 4, 2017
The report sparked immediate alarm:
If it's a student who did this, I pray to god they find his ass, expose his ass, and kick his ass out of school https://t.co/6wwnLvyF6p
— Gabe (@nidraw_ebag) October 4, 2017
NAW. HELL NAW. Find this person & expel them immediately. They don’t deserve to be called a Spartan. https://t.co/fvZ2eKCPP0
— Pablo Lopez (@PLo03) October 4, 2017
This is getting out of hand https://t.co/qErH8vZSOx
— Palm Trees (@tayler__t) October 4, 2017
whoever did this should be beaten publicly. https://t.co/aeazFMEX7M
— ZeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeJ (@ztj521) October 4, 2017
BUT, upon further investigation, the story evolved just a little. Are you ready for this?
Police: 'Noose' found in Michigan State dorm was a shoelace https://t.co/6tjKmw3APJ
— Lansing StateJournal (@LSJNews) October 4, 2017
UPDATE: the perceived noose found in an MSU dorm was actually a packaged shoelace https://t.co/7aPcyizG8t
— The State News (@thesnews) October 5, 2017
Wait, WHAT? A shoelace?
Lol. 'Racially intimidating noose' at MSU turns out to just be a shoelace that someone accidentally dropped. https://t.co/825pocwxff
— Angela (@angelahowardmi) October 5, 2017
An item found on a stairwell door handle in a Michigan State University residence hall and initially believed to be a noose was, in fact, a shoelace, MSU police say.
MSU President Lou Anna Simon released a statement Wednesday morning condemning what appeared to be an instance of racial intimidation and saying, in part, that “No Spartan should ever feel targeted based on their race, or other ways in which they identify.”
By Wednesday afternoon, after further investigation, the university offered a different account of what had happened.
MSU police spoke with the student who lost both shoelaces which “are packaged in a way that someone could perceive them to look similar to a noose,” Cody said.
Peak 2017? Well, the year’s not over yet.
Fake "hate crime" du jour. https://t.co/s7O9loatzD
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) October 5, 2017
RIP The Onion.