IP: Supposed Noose Found At Mill In Cantonment Was Just A Rope Used To Hold Cables

July 4, 2020

International Paper has determined that a supposed noose found at their mill in Cantonment last month was not a noose but simply a rope used in the industrial setting.

A third party investigative team found the rope was used to hold up cables but had been knocked down by a storm.

“The team discovered photographs from as far back as 2012 that showed the rope was used to elevate cables that were knocked to the ground by a storm,” IP Director of Marketing Thomas Ryan told NorthEscambia.com in an email. “The team ultimately found no evidence of racist conduct or intent. The company remains committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce and a workplace where all employees feel welcomed and able to contribute their best every day.”

He said more than 60 employees and contractors were interviewed during the investigation.

“The knot on the end of the rope was a ‘heaving line knot’, typically used to add weight so it could be thrown. The loop and the heaving line knot were not attached, and therefore, it was determined not to be a noose,” IP found. A graphic provided by IP is below.

In a statement issued in June after the rope was alleged by some to be a noose, IP said in a statement to NorthEscambia.com, “We do not tolerate threatening acts, racism, or bigotry. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture where individuals feel valued and engaged and have the opportunity to contribute their best every day.”

Pictured top: The original reader submitted image from June. Pictured below: Graphic submitted July 3 by IP. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


25 Responses to “IP: Supposed Noose Found At Mill In Cantonment Was Just A Rope Used To Hold Cables”

  1. David Huie Green on July 7th, 2020 3:13 pm

    “Folks gonna keep on finding racism until there is nothing that is non-racist.”

    How did you find out the master plan?

    Just joking, but you are absolutely right that some have that mentality, they look for it everywhere and find it everywhere. Former mayor of Atlanta and President Carter’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young Jr. was a good example.
    He defined racists those who thought in racial terms
    those who DID NOT think in racial terms.

    That pretty much swept up everybody in his net.

    At least he was honest about his prejudices.

    David for honest people

  2. Hangem high the good the bad the ugly on July 6th, 2020 9:44 am

    Just last night I saw a movie that had a lot of kids make nooses in the sixty when these movie came out. nothing to with being racist.

  3. Sherry Ewy on July 5th, 2020 6:21 pm

    Even I know the difference between bubbas noose and this string people, and I could care less about nascar or BLM and all this bickering you’re doing. This is a dang string

  4. Charlie on July 5th, 2020 10:02 am

    @Henry Coe—Yes ithat one was a noose whose ONLY purpose going back to at least last year (or longer) when only, and I assume numerous, White drivers used that garage (No complaints back then), was to pull down the door. So suddenly it was NOW a racist noose? I didn’t need to visit the link. Someone bored or had too much time on their hands, or maybe as a joke, decided to make that version of a pull down rope, & thought a noose style loop made a good/better grab handle. Strange after all of that time & use by others, it suddenly became a racist noose. Way too much of this type of thinking going on lately. His concern was real? Why? Get a life people.

  5. Sharon on July 5th, 2020 9:34 am

    Folks gonna keep on finding racism until there is nothing that is non-racist. Race relations were the best I had ever seen them in my long life, until BHO was ELECTED the first black president. Now all of a sudden all white people are racist. Flags, monuments and statues are racist and now a hope with a loop is racist. Give me a break. Keep stirring this pot and I am sure the hate will boil over.

  6. Pg on July 5th, 2020 8:52 am

    What’s next are people gonna see concrete and claim it’s a racist threat? A noose is not a racist symbol it is simply a way of execution before the electric chair.

  7. Henry Coe on July 4th, 2020 5:16 pm
  8. Henry Coe on July 4th, 2020 5:15 pm

    re:Charlie, The NASCAR thing was really a noose according to the President of NASCAR, The FBI and Bubba. Totally different than this.

  9. S.j. on July 4th, 2020 2:58 pm

    Sad to see how everything is bad….Guilty until proven innocent! This quick to judge and condemn environment will come to haunt the one who are doing it but only after it fuels a culture of hate that will set our country back 50 years.

  10. Graandma on July 4th, 2020 2:16 pm

    Now THAT is good journalism! Dig until the real truth of the situation is uncovered or discovered. “The team discovered photographs from as far back as 2012 that showed the rope was used to elevate cables that were knocked to the ground by a storm.” shows that it didn’t cause a stir until 2020. For eight years it was just a rope for a work purpose and everyone seemed to know it, until someone with an agenda pointed it out. Without the REAL reporting of the TRUTH by North Escambia we’d be left without what we need to make good conclusions. Thank you William!

  11. Citizen on July 4th, 2020 1:25 pm

    My father taught me how to make a noose when I was probably 5. Didn’t know it until I was older and left the Appalachian Mountains that it was racist. Typically, a noose has 13 loops. That rope, used for whatever purpose, looks exactly like how I was taught to make them.

  12. James A Thomason on July 4th, 2020 1:11 pm

    This is a about fascists trying to take our freedom and history, good and bad, we use as a learning tool.. Great people of all races enjoy the freedom and privileges we as Americans hold dear.. sure at one time we experienced the horrors of selling human beings.. we have overcome and put this torrid past behind us as a country..


  13. Alisa H on July 4th, 2020 11:20 am

    It’s obvious that rope has been there a while , due to discoloration. Just left Home Depot. Oddly enough, they recently received direction from corporate to suspend all cutting of rope for purchase. Hmmmm… Have to deduct it was noose related! God help the direction this world is headed.

  14. BRING IT ON on July 4th, 2020 11:08 am

    Cone shape water cups could be KKK head wear so maybe we should jump to conclusions and do away with them. Grow some thick skin people. Those crying racist are the racist.

  15. southerner on July 4th, 2020 10:58 am

    Ridiculous. A wild goose chase .

  16. Tabby on July 4th, 2020 10:37 am

    @Alma R McDaniel– Actually, Home Depot is stopping the sale of lengths of rope and will only be offering “pre-cut” lengths. Sad.

  17. Alma R mcdaniel on July 4th, 2020 8:42 am

    I guess we will have to do away with ropes now.

  18. Charlie on July 4th, 2020 8:32 am

    Exactly what the comments made by those familiar with ropes & knots, said right from the beginning. Always someone out there trying to make something bad out of what simply doesn’t exist. Same with the NASCAR supposed incident, that didn’t exist either.

  19. JTV on July 4th, 2020 8:14 am

    Calling Jussie Smollett, to the HR office. Mr. Jussie Smollett, please come to the HR office.

  20. sam on July 4th, 2020 8:13 am

    C’mon folks, i’ve seen these things all my life. people go over board at the drop of a hat these days.

  21. James on July 4th, 2020 7:27 am

    All those people screaming racism and spewing vile in the original story’s comments should apologize for their cruel comments. Aren’t they the knee-jerk overreacting fools! Thank you, William, for the update on this story.

  22. Stumpknocker on July 4th, 2020 7:10 am

    Lol of all this white supremacy is still alive and well then how did all the rioters make it through unharmed, so where are they , their gone and have been for some time.

  23. mnon on July 4th, 2020 7:00 am

    This is just getting ridiculous people. Not every hanging rope with a pull loop tied into it is a racial noose intended to scare black people. I don’t care what Bubba-whats-his-name says. We are witnessing what happens when a bunch of snowflakes and social media warriors take over public thought.

  24. David Huie Green on July 4th, 2020 6:40 am

    As Jimmy Stanton pointed out.

  25. Bewildered on July 4th, 2020 4:21 am

    We as a society have totally lost our minds. Interviewed 60 people about what. ? I have a rope with a loop hanging down from my garage door to disengage the automatic opener in case of a power outage. Whoever reports garbage like that is a troublemaker and unless we start ignoring people like that – it’s a downward slope from here on

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