Hate crimes and hoaxes: 10 campus stories disempowered in 2017



Air Force hate crime hoax: the Past, hate crime hoaxes round-up

The air force hate crime hoax put unfortunate hate crime hoaxes back in the news. A round-up of the previous hoaxes in the USA

Remember when a black cadet at the Air Force Academy said that he was a racist message in his dorm? That prompted Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, saying, in a speech that went viral, “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.”

Turns out the episode was a hoax; the cadet had the hate crime itself.

A Jan. 15, 2015, file photo shows students who participate in a rush along the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The house is depicted on a debunked Rolling Stone story as the site of a rape in September of 2012.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

OK, but what about the 2014 Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus”? That had its own problems: The piece included a discredited story about a rape at the University of Virginia in which the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. And the venerable magazine settled a $1.65 million defamation suit earlier this year as a result of the false claims.

Students enter the University of Michigan Union on Dec. 5, 2017. The Union is the closure in the spring and is expected to remain closed for 20 months as part of an $85.2 million renovation project.

(Hunter Dijk/The Ann Arbor News via AP)

Those are just two examples of a growing national trend, highlighted by The College Fix, where hate crimes are falsely reported. Following the President’s Trump card for the election and inauguration of several universities, have seen, saw an increase in such reports.

A student at the University of Michigan did an attack by what they called a post-election “surge in hate crimes.” The UM student was given a fine of $660 and is on a suspended 93 days in jail, pending a probationary period of adhesion. for falsely reporting a hate crime. She admitted to having psychological problems when they pled guilty, but at the time, she told the police that she was destined for wearing a solidarity pin.

She later admitted to scratching itself with its solidarity pin after he upset during a woman’s literature class at the University of Michigan, according to the Ann Arbor Police report.

Students of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, the site of a hate crime hoax that led to the lessons to be denied for a day.

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At Michigan State University, all it took was a misplaced item, and the whole campus went into a racial riots. MSU President Lou Anna Simon issued a statement praising a student for her ‘courage’ in the reporting of a “racist incident”, in which a noose on the campus. There was just one problem: The sling turned out to be a lost lace, which university spokesman Jason Cody said, “was not aimed at an individual.”

But at a school in rural Minnesota, on a piece of paper, which turned out to be a hate crime hoax, actually resulted in classes being cancelled for a day.

Thanks for sharing, @autumpatrice. We looked at this. We discovered it is a cover on a piece of lab equipment.

— Mary Ellen Mazey (@PresidentMazey) 23 January 2017

A note that the N-word and threatened a black female student at St. Olaf College inspired a student-led protest against institutional racism at the school and the cancellation of the lessons.

Only problem? It was not a real threat,” according to the school is the president. The author of the note confessed to fabricating “to draw attention to the concern about the campus climate.”

Indiana State University, where an assistant professor fake anti-Islamic threats.

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In Ohio, Bowling Green State University student accused the school of harboring an “active KKK group,” but it turned out that the evidence was a piece of lab equipment covered with a white cloth. “How does this promote diversity and inclusion?” the student asked, and the Falcons’ president responded.

“We have looked at this,” BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey tweeted. “We discovered it is a cover on a piece of lab equipment.” This is the same campus where a student falsely reported that a group of white Trump supporters threw stones at her to yell racial slurs after the elections.

Students of San Diego State University, the site of a hate crime hoax next President Trump’s election.

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In New York City, a Pakistani-American college student claimed that three masked men racist violence and robbed him, but the Queens College student recanted his story after an investigation by the police.

Assistant Professor Azhar Hussain of the Indiana State University was arrested for allegedly creating fake anti-Muslim threats in March. ISU is the head of the police said: “It is our conviction that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by the victim of the anti-Islamic threats that he had made in himself.” Hussain was charged with obstruction of justice and a misdemeanor charge of harassment.

A day after Trump’s election, a Muslim San Diego State University student wearing a hijab claimed Trump supporters have been stolen from her handbag, a backpack, and then her car. She claimed the robbers were saying things like, “Now that Trump is president get ready to start on the flight,” and said that they no longer felt safe on campus, adding, “My religion, just because it’s so visible, it breaks my heart that I am such a target for most people only because of the religion that I choose.”

It was reported, she had just forgotten where she parked her car. After SDSU police refuted her claim in their hate crime investigation, the student then “decided not to pursue charges.”

At Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, a student claimed to have had with a hate-filled note tied to his door with racist and homophobic language – but after campus police investigated, the student is admitted to false reports. In 2015, he pulled a similar stunt with a note that racist comments and swastikas. The police at the time did not find a suspect, but the campus community organized a integration march to combat possible hate crime.

In the fall of 2016, he has also reported being attacked by a white man, which turned out to be manufactured.


Laird Wilcox, author of the book “Crying Wolf: Hate Crime Hoaxes in America,” told Fox News, “It is now generally recognized” that college campuses have become the perfect breeding ground for fake hate crimes.

“I would say that now 80 percent of the events that take place on the campus of his jokes or pranks.” Wilcox said. “It is a place where the awareness of discrimination, sexism, and homophobia on a high note, and if nothing happens, and they need something to happen, they can make it happen.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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