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Mizzou University Chancellor Investigating Confederate Flag Photo on Campus That's Three Years Old

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"This photo may be considered offensive and possibly even threatening."

Image via Twitter @FratScenery

A photo taken on the University of Missouri's campus — despite it being several years old and depicting non-students — has drawn the attention of MU's chancellor and is under an investigation.

The photo, posted online by Twitter account @FratScenery, a site that aggregates photos of fraternity and sorority houses, shows five men standing on a Phi Kappa Theta sign on MU's campus holding three flags: the University of Georgia flag, the American flag and the Confederate flag.

R. Bowen Loftin, MU's chancellor, said officials at the public university would investigate the photo to determine the identities of the young men, calling the photograph "possibly even threatening." As noted by The Maneater, MU's campus newspaper, the five men likely posed for the photograph in September 2012 when UGA's football team was in Columbia, Missouri for a game.

"Especially considering recent events in South Carolina concerning the Confederate flag, this photo may be considered offensive and possibly even threatening to some of our community members," Loftin said in the statement. "We do not believe any of the individuals in the photo are past or current MU students; however, we will be working to identify those in the photo."

It is unclear what, exactly, university officials plan to do to investigate the photo, and representatives from the SEC school did not return requests for comment from TheBlaze.

The Maneater reported that a manager of the Twitter account claimed they use a third-party source, and that while the date of the publication of the photo was "bad timing," it was probably scheduled in January or February.

Loftin, who earned $1.6 million dollars in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, earns a base salary of $450,000 per year in his role as MU's chancellor.

UGA representatives did not respond to requests for comments from TheBlaze.

(H/T: Daily Caller)

 

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