Armed University of Mississippi students posed in front of a memorial to lynched civil rights icon Emmett Till, an “offensive and hurtful” act that led to their fraternity suspending the undergrads, officials said Thursday.
Three students, two of them brandishing weapons, posed in front of the purple sign that marks the place where Till’s body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River in August, 1955.
One of the students posted the photo to his private Instagram account in March, according to an article by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica.
Ben LeClere was the Ole Miss student holding a shotgun while John Lowe squatted below the sign and a third unidentified frat member held up an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica reported.
Ole Miss declined to name the students involved. An email sent to LeClere by NBC News bounced back and text messages to cell phones associated with his family were not returned.
Lowe did not immediately return a Facebook messenger request for comment.
“The chapter has suspended the men in the photo,” the students’ national fraternity Kappa Alpha order said in a statement.
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Source: NBC News