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Ole Miss investigating student’s Facebook comment on Charlotte protests

OXFORD, Miss. -- The University of Mississippi is investigating after a comment on a Facebook post was made by a student.

Ole Miss has received tweets, including from activist/columnist Shaun King, about the comment, which references lynching.

The comment made by Jordan Samson is in reference to a comment about protesters in Charlotte and violence that broke out.

The comment reads, "I have a tree with enough room for all of them if you want to settle this Wild West style."

In a reply to a tweet, Ole Miss responded, "Thanks for sending. We do NOT support this type of language that encourages, condones violence. We will investigate thoroughly."

King tweeted Samson has been expelled from his fraternity, including a screenshot of an email that appears to be from a Sigma Chi Fraternity official addressing that.

However, the Daily Mississippian reports he had already been removed from the fraternity for an unrelated incident.

Ole Miss students occupied the Lyceum in response to the comment.

Students shared their thoughts on the social media post.

"We don’t want the chancellor and the administration to dance around the issue we want you to call it what it is racial terrorism," said student Dominique Scott.

"You just haphazardly say that you’ve got a tree big enough for all of these black people, it made me scared because somewhere out there are people who agree with him and really truly mean it," added student Jaylon Martin.

Chancellor Vitter issued a statement about the comment and Lyceum gathering.

This afternoon I learned that a number of students had gathered at the Lyceum to express their concerns about a recent social media post and our response to it. Because I have an open door policy, I invited some of the student leaders to meet with me and other university leaders. The students helped me more fully understand the impact on them of national event and this particular social media post. They expressed great pain, sadness, and concern for their own safety.

To be clear, we condemn the recent social media post by one of our students that referenced lynching. In light of our country's history, that comment can only be seen as racist, offensive and hurtful, especially to members of our African American community. There is no place in our community for racist or violent acts.

I appreciate the willingness of the student leaders to meet with me and to continue the dialogue. Together, we are committed to moving beyond words toward action, harnessing the transformative power of education to realize the ideals of our Creed.