University of Maryland police said a knotted piece of plastic wrap spotted on the ground was reported to the department as a "possible hate-bias" incident Tuesday.
An officer met with two people who saw the plastic wrap while walking, but police said a preliminary investigation found that the material is used to contain and protect loose items during transport. But police added that "out of an abundance of caution" they're looking into the matter and reviewing the cameras in the area.
While police didn't indicate the shape of the plastic wrap, the Diamondback — a UM student newspaper — called attention to tweets allegedly about the found item.
Another Twitter user noted, "I'm sick and tired of all these f***ing nooses."
"They didn’t even try to entertain me and my friend by acknowledging the possibility that this was a symbol of hate," another Twitter user said, the paper reported, in a since-deleted tweet. "They were very adamant."
The incident comes after a noose was found in a campus fraternity house April 27, which the Diamondback said is under investigation as a hate-bias incident. White nationalist posters also been found on campus in at least five reported instances since December, the paper reported.
When asked Thursday if the plastic wrap resembled a noose and if there was any further information, campus police told TheBlaze it's "an active investigation" and that "[y]ou have the latest information."
But others on Twitter had quite a bit to say in response to the above photo of plastic wrap resembling a noose.
@Protect_UMD I conclude you have a severe lack of intelligence and also too much time to waste.— Ateo consecuente (@Ateo consecuente)1498618750.0
@Protect_UMD Sad that there is this kind of stupidity at a university...— Jon Sherwood (@Jon Sherwood)1498693264.0
@Protect_UMD OMG! I found a bunch of nooses outside my house!!! What do I do? https://t.co/EkslFBIIh0— DMartyrن (@DMartyrن)1498684028.0
This story has been updated.
(H/T: The Daily Wire)