The former leader of the black student group at a New Jersey university has?admitted?to making false threats against fellow black students through an anonymous?Twitter account in an effort to gather more followers in a rally on racial injustice.
Formerly a student at Kean University, Kayla-Simone McKelvey, who is also black, now faces as much as 90 days in jail. ?State prosecutors are also asking that they be charged with paying $82,000 to be able to cover the costs associated with police response and heightened security in the school following the threats were met.
While she pleaded not liable at a previous hearing, prosecutors believe she created a rally on November 12 to create?threats to black students at the school utilizing an anonymous account around the social media site Twitter from a campus library in her efforts to gather attendees in the?rally. ?She\’s said to get home to the rally to tell people about the threats.
According to screenshots taken from the account before it was suspended, tweets sent included,?\”I will shoot every black woman and male at Kean University,\” as well as, \”I will kill all the blacks tonight tomorrow and any other day if they go to Kean University.\”
Another message told students,?\”The cops won\’t save you… you\’re black.\”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security noted that as a result of the incident, security in the school was increased along with a number of law enforcement agencies were notified.
The threats also caused students along with a group of black ministers to push for that resignation of?Kean President Dawood Farahi. ?The audience argued the threats prove not enough has been done in the school to lessen the racial tension in existence on campus, writes Aftab Ali for The Independent.
However, shortly after an investigation uncovered McKelvey’s involvement and determined the claims of racial tension to be baseless, Dr.?Farahi issued a statement to the student body stating that staff in the school were “saddened” to hear that the incident was caused by?\”an active participant within the rally that took place on campus… and it is a former student of Kean.”
He went on to say, “like a diverse academic community, we wholeheartedly respect and support activism. ?However, no cause or issue gives anyone the right to threaten the security of others. Hopefully this information will begin to bring a feeling of relief and security to the campus community.”
McKelvey’s attorney requested that she be allowed to attend a pretrial intervention program in order to avoid incarceration. ?If she gained entrance into the program, she could have also had the charges removed from her record, reports Jon Street for that Blaze. ?Her attorney added that she was “quite remorseful.”
However, that request continues to be denied by?Superior Court Judge William Daniel.
Her sentencing is currently scheduled to occur on June 17. ?If convicted, she faces a maximum of three to five years jail time.