A New Jersey black activist was arrested after temporarily leaving a rally to post false threats online against black people.
Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24 was charged with one count of third-degree creating a false public alarm, NJ.com reported.
McKelvey, a former Kean University student, took part in the rally on Kean campus about racial tensions, but left to use one of the school’s computers where she tweeted several threats against black people.
When she returned she began telling others of the threats, not revealing that she was the one who made them, an investigation by the Kean University Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s discovered, according to NJ.com
The rally was attended by about 100 people and was one of several around the country at college campuses with students showing solidarity with students at the University of Missouri.
“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,” Kean University wrote in a statement.
McKelvey was the president of the university’s Pan-African Student Union and her Linkedin profile lists her as a personal trainer and former middle school substitute teacher.
Watch this report on the threats from NBC New York on Nov. 18 below.
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