Baylor denounces apparent noose on tree on Election Day

WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor University is investigating incidents the day Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president -- including an apparent noose on a tree.

A statement today from interim president David Garland says the events are "deeply disturbing" and the Baptist school in Waco denounces them -- saying racist acts won't be tolerated.

Garland says some students on Election Day notified officials that a rope resembling a noose was in a campus tree. Campus police took the rope and are investigating.

Baylor police later broke up a shouting match between groups of white and black students arguing about the election -- but no one got physical or was injured.

Garland says campus authorities also responded to a barbecue pit fire where several Obama campaign signs were allegedly burned.

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