An honor student and student leader at Kean University, Kayla McKelvey, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years probation, 100 hours in a labor assistance program, and anger management counseling. Her crime? She sent out messages targeting black students on Twitter that were racist and threatening. Why did she do it? She wanted to increase the attendance at a student rally that focused on racial issues.
In sentencing, the judge said that McKelvey didn’t seem to show any remorse. The judge stated that she had perpetrated “a selfish plan of hate that created terror and mayhem and put her classmates, school and police officers at risk.” The University incurred costs of over $80,000 on extra campus security and to investigate the threats. McKelvey was also ordered to reimburse the University for these costs.
Independent Journal reports:
It was in November that the student body at New Jersey’s Kean University was gripped in panic, after a number of death threats — including one involving a bomb — were issued specifically against “black people” on campus.
That the threats surfaced on Twitter amid a student rally focusing on racial issues was not a coincidence — though not for the reason that many initially suspected.
As News 12 reports, the tweets had, in reality, been sent by one of the rally’s organizers, Kayla McKelvey, in what was said to be an effort to attract more protesters.