Jessica Chia – Daily Mail May 11, 2017
A racist note that threatened a college student and sparked campus-wide protests has been deemed a hoax.
It read: ‘I am so glad that you are leaving soon. One less n***** that this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up.’
Hundreds packed the student union in protest before college president David R. Anderson issued a statement on Wednesday saying the person behind the note stepped forward and admitted it had been fabricated
The note Wells found on her car came after nine reported incidents of hate speech on campus this academic year.
The college senior posted an image of the note on social media, and student protests led officials to cancel classes.
Students worked with the administration to create a task force to enforce racial and cultural sensitivity training and a policy to address racial threats and hate crimes, among other issues of inclusion.
Anderson said: ‘This the first step in a process toward a long-term solution, and all of us on campus are committed to moving forward in a spirit of collaboration to address these important issues.’
On Wednesday, Anderson revealed the student behind the note admitted it had been fabricated as a ‘strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.’
The college president said he was prohibited by federal law from revealing the identity of the note’s author.
Wells neither confirmed nor denied she was responsible, tweeting: ‘So, it looks like something made its way back to me in the investigation. I will be saying it was a hoax. I don’t care. There is nothing more that I can do.’
She told police she did not want to spend her last month on campus involved in an investigation, and decided not to file a criminal case, police said