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April 19, 2014

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3 students to be questioned in statue vandalism

Updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 8:16 a.m.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi wants to question three white students in connection with the vandalism of the statue of James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white university.

University officials said in a statement that the three students, all 19-year-old males from Georgia, have declined to be questioned and have sought legal counsel. Their identities were not released.

The university says two of the students were being sought by university police but all three were central to the investigation.

Police on Sunday found a noose tied around the neck of the statue, along with an old Georgia flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design. The design has since been updated to exclude the emblem.