Noose Worker Fired

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A worker at a Macon plant that makes paper board products has been fired for hanging a noose there.

Graphic Packaging Corporation has not identified the employee, who is white. But a company spokesman says the man was fired after an investigation showed he hung the noose on a paper machine at the company's south Macon plant last month.

The company's senior vice president for human resources, Wayne Juby, says he could not discuss the employee's motive for hanging the noose. Another employee at the shift change discovered the noose and took it down. Juby says he does not think it was directed at any particular person.

Juby says he believes it was a case of an individual who exhibited poor judgment. But he says the company finds such behavior deplorable. He says the noose was found September 29 and was reported to a manager October 3. The employee was fired Friday.

The Macon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued a news release yesterday expressing gratitude that the matter had been resolved.

The noose has re-emerged as an inflammatory symbol in the wake of the so-called Jena Six case in Louisiana, where six black teenagers are accused of beating a white student. The incident happened after nooses were hung from a tree on a high school campus there.

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