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Year in Review: 17 campus hate crimes that turned out to be hoaxes in 2017

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Over the last year, it seems as if more campus hate crimes turned out to be hoaxes than legitimate acts of hate. Schools tended to be fertile ground for overzealous students looking to prove there is hate where none exists. These 17 examples show 2017 continued to be a year in which hate-crime hoaxes are an epidemic with no end in sight.

Some anecdotes are fallout from post-election antics spawned in late November 2016 in the wake of the Donald Trump presidency. The rest originated in apparent desperate attempts to push a progressive narrative.

Student cries KKK — except it was a sheet over lab equipment
Jan. 2017

A Bowling Green State University student falsely identified a cover for a piece of equipment as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. After seeing a white, pointy figure in a classroom window, the student took to Twitter to post the image and dramatically stated there was an “ACTIVE KKK group” at BGSU. After the university looked into this claim, they discovered what the student tweeted was a cover on a piece of lab equipment. Whoops.

Black student sent threatening ‘KKK’ messages 
Jan. 2017

A 14 year-old African-American student was disciplined for sending a threatening tweet to her high school under the Twitter handle “@KoolkidsKlankkk.” The message read “We’re planning to attack tomorrow.” But a police investigation found the Twitter account was run by progressive student activists.

Another anti-Muslim hate crime claim bites the dust 
Jan. 2017

A day after the election of President Trump, a female San Diego University student claimed she was approached by two men in a parking garage stairwell who invoked the name of the newly elected president “before attacking [her] and stealing her car.” The student claimed that these men said things like “Now that Trump is president get ready to start fleeing.” Turns out, she had forgotten where she parked. After police in January disproved her claim, the student “decided not to pursue charges.”

Prosecutors won’t file charges against Muslim student’s hate-crime hoax 
Feb. 2017

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office in February decided not file charges against a University of Michigan student accused by the Ann Arbor Police Department of a hate-crime hoax. In November, a female University of Michigan student told police days after the election that a white man demanded she remove her hijab or he would set her on fire. Without any proof, the U of M Division of Public Safety and Security issued an alert, calling the incident an act of “hate and intimidation.” But authorities determined it never happened.

Hate crime hoax alert: Capital University student confesses  
Feb. 2017

A Capital University student confessed to “submitting multiple false reports to campus police” after campus police asked him if he had written a hate-filled note taped to his own door. He confessed that he had been seeking “notice” for at least two years. In 2015, he pulled a similar stunt, and the school responded with an inclusivity march. The student added that he wished “that those who feel his actions have delegitimized the reporting of hate crimes will forgive him.”

Hoax alert: ‘Non-Caucasian’ student behind racist graffiti
March 2017

A “non-caucasian” Minnesota high school student was disciplined after it was determined he was responsible for racist and anti-semitic graffiti found in a school bathroom. The scribblings included a picture of a lynching, the phrase “Hail the Ku Klux Klan,” the “N” word, and a swastika. The school district released a statement that “Lakeville South High School administration received permission from the parent to share that the student is non-Caucasian and has significant special education needs.” Nevertheless, the district viewed it as a “teachable moment” and launched cultural liaison opportunities.

Student admits to hoax she said was linked to post-election ‘surge in hate crimes’
March 2017

A 21 year-old student at the University of Michigan claimed in mid-November 2016 that a man scratched her face due to her wearing a “solidarity [safety] pin.” In March of this year, the student pled guilty to one count of “false report of a misdemeanor.” She told the judge she was embarrassed by a visible scratch she herself had made with the pin. But her story had already been reported as “part of the surge in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump.”

‘Report Illegal Aliens; America is a White Nation’ posters hung — by liberal students
March 2017

A group of progressive students at Gustavus Adolphus College apologized for posters they put up across campus that stated: “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civil duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.” The posters’ were allegedly hung to start a dialogue on discrimination, hate, and bias, and A-frames next to the posters advised students on what they could do if they witnessed discrimination. Unaware that this war some sort of social justice lesson, students reacted with shock and anger at the posters, ripping many of them down. The progressive students group later apologized and said they wanted “to help put an end to bias-related incidents that happen on our campus, social media, and in our communities by forcing individuals to have dialogues about forms of hate and bias” and that they hope that “members of the campus community will reflect on today’s events and join us in ensuring that no one student or group of students are ever a victim of this form of discrimination.”

Black guy hangs ‘No Black People Allowed’ sign at USC
April 2017

The University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety confirmed that the person who had adhered a sign reading “No Black People Allowed” that featured a makeshift confederate flag and “#MAGA” on a gate of a campus residence was African American. The culprit was not affiliated with the university and did not face charges. Fortunately, not many jumped on this now-revealed hoax as “more evidence” of the alleged hate-filled Donald Trump era. But one exception was the “Blacktivist” Facebook page which has more than 300,000 followers. The group urged their fellow African Americans to “look around” and ponder if this is “the country our ancestors died for? Is this the country that we want our children to grow up in?”

Beware the hoax: Noose sighted at University of Maryland frat

A noose was allegedly discovered hanging in the kitchen of a University of Maryland fraternity in early May. In an email to The College Fix, the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life Director Matt Supple stated that “We all bear responsibility to confront bias/hate when we see it. Sadly, this is one more example of hatred and prejudice that continue to poison our society. We must stand together in defiance of this act. We need to ensure people who would perpetrate this type of hate know they do not belong and are not welcome in our chapters, in our community, at the University of Maryland, or in our society.” Except photos of the noose on either social media or news sites never arose.

CONFIRMED: Racist note that prompted St. Olaf College shut down is hate-crime hoax
May 2017

A note that used the n-word and threatened a black female student at St. Olaf College — sparking an intense protest that led to classes being shut down for a day as student demonstrators accused the school of institutional racism — “was not a genuine threat,” according to the school’s president. In a campus wide email, the president explained that the reasons why he said this was not a genuine threat is because the university learned from the author’s confession that the note was fabricated. “It was apparently a strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate,” he added.

Suspect in social media threats to minority HS students is … black
September 2017

Various threats made online against minority students at a Pennsylvania high school were not hate crimes, police determined. The suspect turned out to be a black student. The 14-year-old student from West Chester East High School was charged in September with harassment, cyber bullying, and terroristic threats for posts he made on the “East Shade Room” Instagram page.

Man charged in U. Maryland swastika vandalism is black former UMD employee
October 2017

The suspect charged in connection with a spray-painted swastika on campus in October on the University of Maryland’s campus is African American and a former employee of UMD, according to authorities.

University’s ‘colored’ water fountain scandal was student hoax
October 2017 

A “colored” sign placed over a water fountain at the University of North Carolina Charlotte—a callback to the days of racial segregation in which public facilities were separated by “whites” and “colored” designations—was placed there by “a male student” who believed he was engaging in “humor.” The sign caused “a strong response from staff and students alike,” leading the student in question to approach school officials and reveal that he had placed the sign as part of “a poor attempt at humor,” according to the student himself. “I am deeply sorry for all that came out of this,” the student is alleged to have said.

Hate-crime hoaxer near Kansas State won’t be charged
November 2017

A Kansas man won’t face charges for filing a false police report about the n-word graffiti and threat he painted on his own car near Kansas State University, The Kansas City Star reports. “Go Home Ni**er Boy” was written with yellow paint across the rear windshield of the car. Other racially offensive language — “White’s Only,” “Die,” and “Date your own kind” — was also painted on the windshield and side doors of the car. But police said that because the vandal, who is black, admitted he was behind the graffiti and was “genuinely remorseful” it would “not be in the best interests” of the community to charge him.

Black Air Force Academy cadet admits to racial slur vandalism
November 2017

Back in September, some black Air Force Academy cadets discovered racial slurs written on their dorm doors, including “Go home ni**er.” The school began an investigation and Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria lectured cadets about the messages’ “horrible language,” telling them “if you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.” According to The Washington Post, Silveria’s speech “drew national attention for its eloquence” and was viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube. Alas, in November it was announced that the black cadets were victims of one of their own. A black student wrote the racist messages.

‘Non-white’ high school student admits to ‘White Lives Matter’ graffiti 
November 2017

A Missouri high school student, identified merely as “non-white,” admitted to writing the “N word” and “White Lives Matter” on a school bathroom mirror in November. Though the situation turned out to be a hoax, officials stressed the “teachable moment.”

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About the Author
Amanda Tidwell attends The Ohio State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in economics. She served as a College Fix/Student Free Press Association journalism fellow at The Daily Caller in the summer of 2017.

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  • TxMedRgr

    This article has a lot about fake hate crimes, but not much about the punishment of those perpetrating the hoaxes. Are there no consequences for such crimes?

    • Carmentender

      Usually the get away with it. As Disgusting as that sounds

    • pragmatic patriot

      The professors need to be punished as well. These skulls of mush didn’t get that depraved at home

    • RadioMattM

      No, because these are “teachable moments.” Just remember: “hate crimes” are so rampant that the left has to make them up in order for there to be hate crimes to point at.

    • mlmontagne

      Evidently not. I say start charging such people with hate crimes. It is the same crime. There is most definitely hated as a motivating factor.

    • Apparently, academia allows students, if they are SJW’s of any pursuasion to lie and set horrible examples for others.

      Maybe someone else can for me, but I wish I could remember the link/reference. I once read an article that highlighted how female grad students were proven to be the most distrusted when it comes to reporting research “facts”. Many were caught fabricating results to meet their activist agenda.

      To my knowledge, since many professors are activists, no punishment was dealt to the people who abused public/research monies to further their biased agenda.

  • Dean Weingarten

    Good job Amanda!! Keep it up. We need to point out all the Fake News.

  • gene4791

    The FREE Media needs to keep a running total and remind the purveyors of Fake News when they try to report the opposite.

  • Seriouslady

    Yes its been a teachable moment. Don’t assume a reported hate crime is a real hate crime. When people fake hate crimes they should have to go to jail. Sounds like many are let off.

  • David Archer

    Whenever a black or a muslim claims to be the victim of a hate crime you can be almost certain it’s a hoax.

    • Brian Geary

      Or A Jew. They are just as bad with the fake hate crimes. I wonder why none were included in this article. Not pc enough!?

      • John Reddy

        Perhaps you could provide some examples? I don’t recall any.

        • lspanker

          Neither do I…

  • Larry Moran

    I assume all reported ‘hate crimes’ are fake. These people have earned my skepticism.

  • Hoax is my default position when I see these ‘hate crime’ reports.

  • pragmatic patriot

    The crimes of the educators will go unpunished. That is until they need an EMT that knows what a cis gender is but didn’t learn cpr because they were fake-hoxing a hate crime.

  • MissionCreep

    How many of these does the Southern Poverty Law Center still count as hate crimes?

  • Jerry S

    I don’t care. Trump is still a racist. And so are all Republicans. And all white people. Even if you don’t know it…
    /sarc

  • TheyTukRJobz

    If you have to fake a hate crime because there are no real ones to support your claim that racism is rampant…

  • Vlad Untruksur

    There should be a law that makes the penalty for submitting a hate crime the same as committing a hate crime.

  • GetReal4U2

    perhaps obummer will tell us the truth…(wink)

  • Bruce Allen

    Let me guess what ties all of them together: the Democrat Party?

  • jacktate

    Unfortunately, the retractions/corrections don’t make the front page like the original hoax.

  • mrhuehls

    The spate of hate crime hoaxes by “students” is another example of how immature high school and college age people can be. And the insane number of sexual assault cases is also another example. The school administrations kowtowing to student demands for things that are really not curriculum is not helpful either. These kids supposedly went to school to acquire knowledge skills and abilities to become civil skilled contributors to society. Instead, they get an indoctrination into the leftist progressive liberal narrative, which has been proven over and over through history to lead to poverty, hunger, depravity, tyranny, and every other wrong governance can cast upon its citizens. It just does not work. Hyphenating continental or country names in front of an ethnic description is not what we are. It is separating from the country, and society, as is building an enclave where one religion and one language are accepted and all others who enter will be harmed. We are a blended citizenry of race, creed and ethnic origin. Assimilating is fully expected. Self segregation is not acceptable.

    • Brian Geary

      I am Irish-American. Who is going to stop me from saying so? Some liberal craptard!?

  • MOLON LABE!

    Its a Joke, Hoax or Mistake WHEN DONE BY A MINORITY! But, a White is Ruined!?!?

  • mlmontagne

    OK, the one where someone mistook a covered piece of laboratory equipment for a hooded Klansman is by far the funniest. That idiot should have been sentenced to taking some scinece courses. It is remeniscent of the time, a couple of years ago now, when a Catholic priest, or monk, I’m not sure, was taken for a Klansman by the pearl clutures at some college. Idiots.

    “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civil duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.”
    It is the civic duty of all citizens, for which there is no color barrier, to report all illegal aliens, for which there is also no color barrier.

    Perhaps “non-white” people who commit racist attacks like these should start being charged with hate crimes. The mere fact that their hatred is directed not at their apparent victims but rather at those they seek to frame, would seem to be irrelevant.

  • Devin McMusters

    Until the punishment for a hoax matches those for “hate crimes”, snowflakes will continue to pull crap like this.

  • FoodPolice

    Faking a hate crime… should be a hate crime…

  • Derek

    Hint: if you want the media to cover hate crime hoaxes, be sure to use the #1 tactic of liberal progressives…call it an epidemic.

  • E_Zach_Lee_Wright

    Many of the people using the term “People of Color” don’t realize a person’s complexion is not at function of race. That is correct, color is not racial but geographical. An African American may have facial features and hair that are an indication of his or her race but color is not. Your color is determined by how close or how far from the equator thousands of your ancestors lived.

  • PCisAfalsegod

    See fakehatecrimes.org for a nice list of ‘hate’ perpetrated by the supposed ‘victims’ of society.

  • More_Hand_Wringing_than_Thou

    Hate crime has been a legally delegated religious pulpit preaching a jealously guarded moral ideology.

    There is an implicit bias that groups of people have either permanent victim or permanent perpetrator status.

    None of our other crimes are like this. There is no-one that is racially exempt or exempt by group identity from being guilty of armed robbery. If any person goes into a store waving a gun demanding money, that person is guilty of armed robbery.

    Hate crime has assigned roles and the assignment of these roles is not based upon the actions but rather upon the race or identity group membership of those involved.

    The legislation is aberrant.

  • runthetable

    Como say what?

  • John Macintyre

    At least a fifth of known criminal hate crime hoaxers never face prosecution. Cases such as these are almost impossible to follow through the courts. I would estimate that over half of hate hoaxers are never convicted.

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