- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New Jersey police have charged a black graduate of Kean University for a series of alleged tweets threatening black students at the school earlier this month.

Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, of Union Township, faces one count of creating a false public alarm, which carries a maximum three- to five-year sentence, NJ.com reported.

An investigation revealed that Ms. McKelvey, a self-proclaimed activist, participated in a student rally to raise awareness of campus racism on Nov. 17, but left midway through to make the threat on a university computer in a campus library, prosecutors said.

Ms. McKelvey allegedly posted under the handle @keanuagainstblk, saying “kean university twitter against blacks is for everyone who hates blacks (sic) people.” Subsequent tweets mentioned a bomb on the campus and shooting black students at Kean, NJ.com reported.

“i will kill every black male and female at kean university,” @keanuagainstblk reportedly posted before the account was suspended.



After allegedly making the posts, Ms. McKelvey returned to the rally and attempted to spread awareness of the threats, authorities said.

Students responded by holding a rally on campus that night. Security on campus was increased and a group of black ministers called for Kean President Dawood Farahi to resign the following day, accusing him of failing to address alleged racial tension on campus. The school responded that the claims of racial tension were baseless, The Associated Press reported.

In response to the announcement of Ms. McKelvey’s arrest, Kean University said in a statement: “We are saddened to learn that the person allegedly responsible was an active participant in the rally that took place on campus on Tuesday, November 17 and is a former student of Kean. 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. We hope this information will begin to bring a sense of relief and security to the campus community.”

Kean President Dawood Farahi called the tweets a “heinous crime.”

“We are saddened the person allegedly responsible was an active participant (of the demonstration) and a former student,” he told students Tuesday afternoon during a previously planned campus discussion, NJ.com reported. “No cause, no cause, can give anybody the right to threaten others.”

Ms. McKelvey’s first court appearance has been scheduled for Dec. 14.

She graduated from Kean in May with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, a university spokeswoman told The New York Times.

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