African-American Activist Charged With Threatening Black Students on College Campus
An African American woman has been charged with making threats to black students on a New Jersey college campus via social media.
The Union County Prosecutor announced on Tuesday that former Kean University student Kayla-Simone McKelvey has been formally charged with third-degree creating a false public alarm.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, McKelvey--who graduated with a physical education degree in May--left a November 17 Black Lives Matter rally to use a campus computer.
Prosecutors claim McKelvey then created the anonymous Twitter handle @keanuagainstblk and allegedly posted tweets that included "I will kill all the blacks tonight" and "kean university twitter against blacks is for everyone who hates blacks people."
Some of the tweets, which sent shockwaves through the proudly diverse campus, were sent to Kean President Dawood Farahi. Others were sent to campus police.
After allegedly posting the "abhorrent tweets," Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said in a statement that McKelvey then returned to the rally to spread the word about the Twitter account.
McKelvey, who authorities have called a "self-proclaimed activist", was the president of the Pan-African Student Union, according to student newspaper The Tower.
According to the student paper, McKelvey alleged in March that a Kean professor had made racist comments about 12-year-old Cleveland boy Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by police.
The unnamed psychology professor allegedly said that Rice deserved to die and McKelvey spoke on behalf of a group of students who demonstrated against the professor.
According to a LinkedIn profile under McKelvey's name, the 24-year-old is a Certified Personal Trainer at Crunch Fitness.
Her first court appearance is scheduled for December 14. It was unclear on Wednesday whether McKelvey had an attorney.
Without naming McKelvey, Keean President Farahi released a statement on the case, which reads, in part:
"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."