Someone dressed in all black clothing went around the American University campus and hung bananas from nooses in trees.
The bananas were found the same day the university, in Washington DC, swore in its first female African-American student government president.
The bananas had messages written on them. One had the letters “AKA Free.”
AKA, or Alpha Kappa Alpha, is a predominately African-American sorority, and this is seen as a threat to their members and all black students at the university.
The NY Times reported that the FBI is assisting the University in investigating the incident.
Another said “Harambe Bait,” referencing a gorilla that was killed in the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into the enclosure.
“I regret this happened, apologize to everyone offended, and state emphatically that this incident does not reflect what American University truly is,” university President Neil Kerwin said in a statement.
The university set up several meetings for students to discuss the incident. It also released surveillance video of the suspect from the Monday incident and is offering a $1,000 reward.
The AKA says it is worried about its members on campus.
“We … urge American University to strengthen the security measures on campus to keep its SGA President, who also is an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member, other Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members and African Americans on campus safe,” it said.
Below is surveillance footage of the person who hung the bananas: