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A noose was found at a Boeing plant in South Carolina

Boeing assembly plant
Posted at 10:13 AM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 10:13:24-05

Officials at Boeing are investigating reports of a noose being found at the assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The "racially-charged symbol" -- as it was first referred -- was found at the plant Thursday, according to CNN affiliate WCSC. Officials later confirmed to CNN that the "symbol" was a noose.

Brad Zaback, vice president and general manager of Boeing's program where 787 Dreamliner passenger jets are built, released a statement Friday condemning the incident.

"I am saddened and angered that a racially-charged symbol was discovered on site," Zaback's statement read. "Diversity and inclusion are core to Boeing's enduring values, and there is absolutely no place for racism and these cowardly acts in society and especially in our company."

Zaback's statement also said this type of behavior wouldn't be tolerated and the company takes "these matters very seriously."

"We have already launched a thorough investigation, and will take all appropriate and necessary action," his statement read.

The Boeing campus in North Charleston has about 7,000 employees at the site, according to Boeing's website.