Student Paper Runs “Verified” Apology from Student Who Hung Noose at UCSD

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Student Activism / March 1, 2010

The Guardian, UCSD’s student newspaper, has printed a statement that it says was written by the student who hung a noose in the campus library last week.

The student — who remains anonymous — claims that last Tuesday, two days before the noose was found, a friend of hers fashioned it from a piece of rope she had found on the ground, “without thinking of any of its connotations or the current racial climate at UCSD.” She herself then carried the noose with her to the library “and ended up hanging it at my desk.” It was, she says, “a mindless act and stupid mistake.” When she left the library hours later, “I simply forgot about it.”

The student says that she didn’t learn of the noose’s discovery until Friday morning. “Ashamed and embarrassed,” she called campus police and confessed. “As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by recent issues on campus,” she writes, “I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain.”

An editor’s note at the end of her statement says that the paper “has verified the author’s authenticity.”

The full text of the statement, which at this writing is only available in PDF form at the paper’s website, appears below.

I have a story that needs to be heard. I am the girl you’ve read about, the one who hung the noose in Geisel Library.

Firstly, I’m writing to apologize. I don’t have an excuse for what I did, and I deeply regret it.

Secondly, I’m writing to hopefully put a little bit of faith back into the UCSD campus by clarifying that it was not an act of racism. This is what happened.

I found a small piece of rope on the ground earlier in the day. While I was hanging out with my friends a bit later, we tried jump- roping with it and making it into a lasso.

My friend then took the rope and tied it into a noose. I innocently marveled at his ability to tie a noose, without thinking of any of its connotations or the current racial climate at UCSD. I left soon after with one of my friends for Geisel to study, still carrying the rope.

After a bit of studying I picked up the rope to play with, and ended up hanging it by my desk. It was a mindless act and stupid mistake. When I got up to leave, a couple hours later, I simply forgot about it. This was Tuesday night.

Three days later, on Friday morning, I found out that the noose had been found and construed as another racist act on campus.

I felt so ashamed and embarrassed, and the first thing I did was call the campus police and confess. I was hoping to clarify that this was not an act of racism before the incident got a full reaction from the campus. I gave my statement around 9 a.m. They thanked me for coming forward and for trying to clear up the issue.

Later, I received a campuswide e-mail saying that I confessed and had been taken into custody, which simply wasn’t true. One thing that is true is that I have been suspended.

I know what I did was offensive — regardless of my intentions — I am just trying to say I’m sorry. As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by the recent issues on campus, I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain.

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Milton March 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Oh yah, this sounds real, Thanks!


PSD March 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Only the author and whoever ‘verified’ the source know if it’s real. That said, I give her credit…if the confession was real, she came clean after making a stupid mistake. If she meant something uglier, it sounds like she’s at least got some remorse, which is good. If she took credit for something she didn’t do, not only is she crazy but she’s showing good intentions by trying to re-write the story so that whoever is responsible doesn’t get any credit for what might have been an intentional racial slight. With a campus so heavily populated by minorities and generally liberal-thinking people, I’ve got to believe the incidents of the last couple weeks were perpetuated by a (very) small minority fringe that don’t represent the student body as a whole.


annagrace March 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

doesn’t everybody’s friend know how to tie a noose? Never know when it may come in handy. Cool!


annagrace March 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm

…and the noose is such a marvel that you just want to carry it around with you. Such a cunning design!

What a pathetic apology. Pathetic.

Perhaps she should expand her horizons and try a bowline or half-hitch.


PSD March 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Kicking myself for even halfassedly trying to defend this now…


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