There are a large number of black students and alumni from universities across the country that are making incredibly progressive strides toward exposing the racism running rampant on campuses and outlining means of increasing and embracing diversity. And then there are people like Kayla-Simone McKelvey whose counter-productive antics only slow down the movement.
McKelvey is a Kean University alum and former homecoming queen who has been charged with anonymously threatening to kill students of color at her school. The thing is the 24-year-old is actually quite active on the campus still and, according to Pix 11, was one of the leaders of a multi-day demonstration at the center of campus in support of black student protesting at other universities across the country, like Mizzou. In a weird twist, McKelvey allegedly incited a cause for uprising at her own school when she left a demonstration on November 17, went to the school library, and set up an account tweeting violent remarks and threatening to explode a bomb on campus. She also tweeted:
“I will shoot every black woman and male I see at Kean University”
“I will kill all the blacks tonight tomorrow and any other day if they go to Kean University”
Investigators say after sending the tweets McKelvey returned to the demonstration and pointed out the posts to other demonstrators to rile up their own protest. The next day, more than half of the students at Kean reportedly chose not to go to class out of fear the “anonymous” tweeter would make good on those threats.
University officials notified federal authorities and local and state law enforcement when they were made aware of the tweets. After McKelvey’s involvement was discovered, Kean’s president, Dawood Farahi, made a statement at a previously scheduled forum on ethnic diversity:
“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.
So far, McKelvey has yet to explain her actions but she is facing a charge of third degree creating a false alarm. She’s scheduled to appear in court December 14.