UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey woman has been charged with making fake threats against black students at Kean University last month.
Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, of Union Township faces one count of creating a false public alarm.
The Union County prosecutor’s office says McKelvey participated in a Nov. 17 rally on racial issues at Kean and then went to a computer station in a campus library and posted anonymous threats on Twitter against black students.
McKelvey then allegedly returned to the rally and tried to raise awareness about the threats. One tweet made reference to a bomb on campus; others were about shooting black students.
She’s scheduled to make a court appearance in two weeks.
It wasn’t immediately known Tuesday if McKelvey had retained an attorney.
Kean released a statement saying it is “saddened” to learn a former student and rally participant was allegedly behind the threats.
“As a diverse academic community, we wholeheartedly respect and support activism, however, no cause or issue gives anyone the right to threaten the safety of others,” the school said. “We hope this information will begin to bring a sense of relief and security to the campus community.”
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