A Fake Threat at Kean
Many at Kean University were alarmed by threats that appeared on Twitter last month from an account (which quickly disappeared) called @keanuagainstblk. Tweets from the account threatened to shoot black students or place a bomb at the university. A coalition of black ministers called for the resignation of President Dawood Farahi, saying he had not responded sufficiently to the threats.
On Tuesday, New Jersey authorities charged a recent graduate, a black woman who was involved with the campus protests over the treatment of black students, with making the threats. According to prosecutors, Kayla-Simone McKelvey (at right) was at a rally of black students on Nov. 17, and "left the rally midway through and walked to a computer station located in a university library. Once there, McKelvey allegedly created an anonymous Twitter account and began posting racially charged threats of violence against black Kean students. After making the posts, McKelvey immediately returned to the rally and attempted to spread awareness of the threats she allegedly had just fabricated."
McKelvey, who could not be reached for comment, has been charged with a single count of third-degree creating a false public alarm. Authorities said McKelvey never intended to harm students.
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