DENVER, July 11 (UPI) -- An investigation is under way into the discovery of a noose by a black firefighter at a Denver training center, fire officials say.
The noose allegedly was placed February in a conference room in a training center at Denver's Rocky Mountain Fire Academy used by both Denver and Aurora firefighters, The Denver Post reported Sunday.
"It was put there as a prank," Denver Fire Lt. Phil Champagne said. "I don't think it was there to harass anyone but you can't do that. We are a little shocked at that type of behavior. Even though there is no intent, this is behavior we won't tolerate."
The alleged offending officer has not been identified, the Post reported. At the close of the investigation when identification has been made, the firefighter could face punishment ranging from oral reprimand or suspension without pay to termination, Champagne said.
Aurora and Denver fire officials are scheduled to meet this week to discuss the issue.