Kean University racial hoaxer gets 'Mega' penalty from judge

Anthony Gockowski
Contributing Editor/Investigative Reporter

  • A former Kean University student who pled guilty to conjuring up a racial hoax was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years probation, and will be required to pay an $82,000 fine.
  • Kean alumnus Kayla Simone-McKelvey used a fake Twitter account to send violent threats to her peers, creating the appearance of a racially segregated atmosphere.
  • McKelvey spoke in court Friday, where she apologized for her actions but explained that her intent was to expose racism on campus.
  • Photo: Kean University Twitter

    A former Kean University student who pled guilty to conjuring up a racial hoax was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years probation, and will be required to pay an $82,000 fine.

    In November, Campus Reform reported that police had identified Kean alumnus Kayla Simone-McKelvey as the suspect responsible for threatening to kill a group of black students at an on-campus rally. McKelvey is black, and used a fake Twitter account to send violent threats to her peers, creating the appearance of a racially segregated atmosphere.

    "She apologized for her actions but explained that her intent was to expose racism on campus."   

    “Kean university twitter against blacks is for everyone who hates black people,” the first post stated.

    “I will shoot any black person I see at Kean University,” she then tweeted, adding that she will “kill every black male and female at Kean University.”

    The tweets were later traced back to a computer in the school’s library where McKelvey had been logged in at the time the tweets were sent.

    Now, a district judge has charged her with creating a false public alarm, giving her the maximum sentence after saying she was critical of the plea agreement and did not show complete remorse, according to News 12.

    McKelvey spoke in court Friday, where she apologized for her actions but explained that her intent was to expose racism on campus.

    Judge Robert Mega, however, called her actions a selfish plan of hate that put her school and its police officers at risk.

    Accordingly, McKelvey now has to pay $82,000 in restitution for heightened security during the time of the threats. North Jersey reports that she will also undergo anger management and serve 100 hours in a labor assistance program.

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Contributing Editor/Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is the Contributing Editor and an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, The Catholic Spirit, and The College Fix.

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