Black Activist, Kean University Alumnus Charged For Making Fake Threats Against Black Students At Alma Mater
You’ve probably heard about the different incidents happening at several Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) around the country of individuals threatening attacks against Black students. This rise in threats comes after racial tensions at the University of Missouri-Columbia boiled over in such a way that it turned into protests. Black members of the football team even refused to play until Chancellor Tim Wolfe resigned or was forced out. After he had resigned, many students on a variety of college campuses supported Mizzou and also protested, to the chagrin of trolls, including a 21-year-old man at Michigan Technological University. He was arrested for making threats online against Black students on that campus.
But according to The Grio, one Black woman in New Jersey who participated heavily in protests actually took to Twitter to post threats against Black students at Kean University. She has since been arrested and charged.
The woman, 24-year-old Kayla-Simone McKelvey, is a Kean University alumnus and a former homecoming queen at the school. After graduating, she remained active on campus, specifically as an activist. She took part in a rally on Nov. 17 addressing racial issues. On that day, she reportedly slipped away, went to a campus library, and used a computer to post anonymous threats to Twitter after creating a fake profile. The fulminations were very violent ones, including “I will shoot every black woman and male I see at Kean University,” and “I will kill all the blacks tonight tomorrow and any other day if they go to Kean University.”
All threats were spread under the username Keanuagaistblk.
Interestingly enough, McKelvey reportedly went back to the rally and let people know about the threats online. The warnings were reported to police and the University brought on extra security with the help of local, state and federal law enforcement. And while the campus remained open the next day, according to reports, a large number of students chose not to go to class.
McKelvey, who is from Union Township in New Jersey, has since been charged with creating a false public alarm, and if convicted, she could face a maximum of up to three to five years in prison.
No comment from McKelvey as of yet, as according to the AP, they couldn’t find a number for her, and it wasn’t clear if she had obtained an attorney to give a statement. But McKelvey will be back in court in two weeks.
As for those Black students who made their voices heard alongside McKelvey, they’re disgusted.
“It makes the people who are active in what we’re doing here, it discredits them,” said Kean University sophomore Xavier White to New York’s Pix11. He continued, “For the most part, she was kind of respected.”