- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said the school is working to identify five individuals who posed on campus with a Confederate flag for a photo taken three years ago.

Mr. Loftin released a statement Monday afternoon after the photo taken at a Greek house on the MU campus began circulating on social media.

“Especially considering recent events in South Carolina concerning the Confederate flag, this photo may be considered offensive and possibly even threatening to some of our community members,” the statement said. “We do not believe any of the individuals in the photo are past or current MU students; however, we will be working to identify those in the photo.”

“MU officials do not condone any activities that could threaten the safety of our community,” Mr. Loftin said.

On Thursday, Mr. Loftin’s statement was scrubbed from the school’s website and a watered-down version was posted instead.

“After reviewing the photo and the context in which it was taken, we determined that it was taken three years ago and no MU students were in the photo,” the statement said. “Based on this information, we will not be taking any additional actions. I appreciate those in the Twitter community who alerted me with their concerns.”

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