Three Students Are Suspects In Ole Miss Statue Incident

(Oxford, MS) Three freshmen Ole Miss students from Georgia are said to be the main suspects of an incident at Ole Miss where a noose and old Georgia flag were put around a statue of  James Meredith.

That’s according to university chief of police, Calvin Sellers.

Meredith was the first black student to attend the university in 1962.

The monument was dedicated in 2006.

According to the university, “Sellers said the University Police Department (UPD) had gathered enough evidence by late Wednesday to bring charges through the student judicial process against two of the students, and both state and federal authorities were working in close coordination to determine whether criminal charges were applicable.”

We’re told the students did not appear at a scheduled meeting Thursday and now have an attorney.

Criminal charges could be brought against the students even though there was no damage to the statue.

Chancellor Dan Jones said, “These individuals chose our university’s most visible symbol of unity and educational accessibility to express their disagreement with our values. Their ideas have no place here, and our response will be an even greater commitment to promoting the values that are engraved on the statue – Courage, Knowledge, Opportunity, and Perseverance.”

The student judicial process would call on the students to respond but can proceed without their cooperation.

Sellers said the $25,000 reward offered by the university’s alumni association has been instrumental in bringing quick results in the investigation, generating numerous leads.

Those with additional knowledge that may be helpful to the investigation and prosecution are encouraged to contact UPD at 662-915-7234.

15 comments

  • wendy

    It was done. It should not have been done. To sling mud over what would happen if….bears no solution. We have got to rise above this and continue efforts to unify and dignify our society, our community and ourselves. I pray for those involved to see the negative aspects of what they committed and make a concerted effort to change such horrible ways of thinking and dealing. The rest of us need to make just as much effort to show where our understanding and acceptance lies.
    We cannot stop fighting against this type of attitude if we want to continue going forward and a school, community and nation. May god bless our positive efforts.

  • ihateallthingssnowbeastattiud

    Political correctness has nothing to do with this. It was a direct statement aganist intetgration of Ole Miss and a redneck reminder that. We can still hang you boy! Literally or figuretly. So, PLEASE save the third grade logic. Just bad taste. The power of life and death lies in the tongue.

  • wendy

    Political correctness plays only the part of our needing to express our thoughts in non-offensive ways, be they positive or negative. The tongue is a sword and we can use it to cut down, slice up or defend. Bad taste aside (which also requires the tongue) this type of thing needs to stop. Ole Miss is integrated and so it shall remain. We cannot let small minds and attitudes sway our determination to continue going forward and not take steps back.

  • Will

    Good if you want integration then allow whites to get black scholarships from the United Negro College fund and other racist organizations.

  • Tack

    This was a bad thing to do, but then again you put up a statue to commemorate the first person of color to go to college there? Thats along the same lines as president Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize just for being elected!

    If people truly wanted equality and racism to go away then there would be no “Ms Black University of Memphis” or an “NAACP” or “BET”.

    • Elismom

      If you were denied human rights…and then finally after many years were allowed to do something as simple as attend school, wouldn’t you want to commemorate it? I would.

    • Mia

      When we got BET, you guys had MTV. When we first got NAACP, we needed a strong organization that could bring us together to battle against the racial injustice of the this country. We have black scholarships b/c in the old days the only jobs black parents couldve gotten was either a driver or maid. We have a Miss Black __ because there was actually a time when black people barely won those stupid pagents let alone was allowed to participate in one. Why do these school get to have statues of old white men but when we have a statue of a black man its a problem. Im Going to assume that was just your ignorance talking. Im no longer going to waste my time to explain these reasons to you b/c its very possible that you will never understand the history of black struggle. And thats ok.

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