Newest Campus Outrage: Lost Shoelace Mistaken for Noose

The latest in campus outrage is a shoelace. A SHOELACE!

Michigan State University witnessed an uproar on Wednesday after someone found a lost shoelace and thought it was a noose.

Here’s a shocker,  that afternoon, the MSU Police wrapped up their investigation with a simple answer: there wasn’t ever a noose.

Nope. The alleged “noose” turned out to be a “packaged leather shoelace and not a noose,” according to MSU spokesman Jason Cody. He did add though that the laces are “packaged in a way that someone could perceive them to look similar to a noose.”

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Seriously? It’s a thick piece of string! Who the heck would find a shoelace and cry “Noose!” ??? This bull has got to stop! Aren’t college students supposed to be acting like adults?

Fox News reports:

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon released a statement Wednesday morning saying she was “distressed” after finding out “a student reported a noose was hung outside of her room.” Simon commended the student’s “courage” for reporting the “racial incident” and put out a clear message.

“This type of behavior is not tolerated on our campus,” Simon said. “No Spartan should ever feel targeted based on their race, or other ways in which they identify.”


Officers tracked down and interviewed the student who lost both of the shoelaces. That student happens to live on the same floor as the one who made the report.

“Also, the original shoelace found inside the residence hall was not directed at any individual,” Cody said, adding that police believe someone found the shoelace and put it on a stairwell door handle after picking it up off the floor.

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