The Daily Mississippian first reported the disruption.
Barnett said that members of the audience grew more disruptive — taking pictures on their phone and laughing — as the play progressed. "The Laramie Project" is about reaction in the city following the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay man in Wyoming.
"As the subject matter became more uncomfortable, some, but not all, of the students were acting in an inappropriate manner," Barnett said.
Barnett said he "appreciated" that the athletic department was taking the matter seriously.
"The most concerning part was the hate speech that was used," Barnett said. "We've come a long way at the university. But there is still a ways to go."
Ole Miss dean of students Sparky Reardon said a bias incident response team, which is made up of faculty and staff, would investigate the incident and make any discipline recommendations to the university.
No. 24 Ole Miss travels to play at Auburn on Saturday.
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