Report: Black student arrested for writing “no blacks” on fake social media post from rival fraternity

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GREENVILLE, NC- According to authorities, a black East Carolina University (ECU) student has been arrested for cyberstalking after he allegedly posted a racist fake “rush party” invite on social media on behalf of a rival fraternity. 

Police stated the incident occurred in August when an invitation was posted to the social media app Yik Yak advertising a rush party that was supposedly being thrown by Theta Chi. The post read:

“Theta Chi rush party. PNMs (potential new members) and girls only. No blacks. Girls 5$ @door. Call or text.”

The message also included the name and contact information for a Theta Chi member. The name and phone number of ECU Theta Chi Chapter member Austin Hunter, were attached to the invite.

Investigators said the student, since identified as 19-year-old James Edwards, has no affiliation with Theta Chi. However, he is a member of Pi Lambda Phi, a rival fraternity of Theta Chi. The Pi Lambda Phi website lists Edwards as the vice president of recruitment for the fraternity.

Theta Chi was quick to deny that anyone from their fraternity had made that post, adding there was no Theta Chi rush party at all planned for the date on the invitation. In a news release, police did not list an attorney for Edwards. Greenville Police Department (GPD) added:

“GPD’s investigation has not revealed any affiliation between Edwards and the Theta Chi fraternity. It is the Greenville Police Department’s understanding he is a member of another ECU fraternity.”

Kristen Hunter, a spokesperson for the GPD, stated in an email:

“The motive is still under investigation; however, the post was made during Rush Week, when fraternities try to recruit members, so we believe that was a factor.”

East Carolina University confirmed that Edwards is a political science major at the school. A warrant was issued for Edwards on cyberstalking charges. He has since turned himself in to Greenville police. In a statement, East Carolina University’s Director of Student Engagement John Mountz, said:

“We are aware of the arrest by Greenville Police of an ECU student related to a racist Yik Yak post earlier this semester. We appreciate the efforts of the Greenville Police to identify the individual who made the post and to clear the name of the student and the Theta Chi fraternity listed in the original post.

We will continue to work with our students and campus to build a welcoming and inclusive community for all.”

According to reports, Edwards was booked at the Pitt County Jail on a misdemeanor cyberstalking charge that came with a $1,000 bond. Edwards’ race is listed as black in jail records. After his name was cleared, Hunter stated:

“It’s caused a lot of stress and anxiety. To be accused of something that I didn’t do, that really sucks. My name and number were posted in the college newspaper and I was being harassed with calls and texts, and I even received death threats.”

GPD spokesperson Kristen Hunter stated that the department worked closely with Yik Yak to find out who actually posted the racist invite and warned users that their anonymity only goes so far when posts are malicious. She added:

“If you have any type of social media app, there is a digital footprint. There is a way to track this type of activity and behavior. So, I would certainly caution anybody that’s looking to utilize anonymous apps that we can find you.”

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The truth is out: Police say ‘student of color’ behind ‘threatening and racist’ messages to other black students

May 24th, 2021

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – Back in April, the superintendent for White Bear Lake Area Schools stated that an incident involving “students of color” receiving “threatening” and “racist” messages on social media were part of a hoax.

Yet, the public statement from the superintendent only described the culprit who confessed to the Instagram account responsible for the threatening messages as “a young person”.

Turns out, the “young person” is also a high school student of color from White Bear Lake High.

On April 8th, the White Bear Lake Police Department were notified of an anonymous Instagram account that was created on April 7th, where a group chat hosted by an account called “gowhitebear” was posting racist and threatening messages.

According to the police report, some of the messages contained the following (spelling errors are according to police report):

“Let me explain. You n*****s need to leave White bear. You guys are raceist for having black people club, I I make a club I’m raceist.”

“I’m gonna kill that N***** bitch if she leaves one more time. Stop leaving. That bitch is dead. I told you to stop leaving. You think I’m playing.”

“I will see you in school. I’M TIRED OF YOU BLACK N*****S. YOU WILL GET RAPED AND DIE.”

“Leave my school n*****. I don’t like a n***** bitch. Dog.”

A thorough investigation was put into place, which involved the White Bear Lake Police Department and some level of assistance from the FBI to track down where these messages originated from.

Reportedly, this anonymous Instagram account wound up tracing back to a single IP address where a juvenile person of color resided.

When this juvenile was first being interrogated about this Instagram activity, she proclaimed that she didn’t send the messages but then had some questions on how police tracked her down:

“Cause I didn’t send like those messages. Like, I have a question. Did the messages come from my house, or was it just like the account created at my house?”

The investigators informed the juvenile that all the activity came back to her house, explaining to the juvenile exactly how IP addresses is work.

Eventually, the juvenile would admit to creating the Instagram account in question and then alleging possibly people over at her house may have sent the messages from that account – but she also refused to provide any names of people who could’ve been involved.

According to a supplemental report drafted by White Bear Lake Police SRO Jonah Shermer, Officer Shermer’s report noted the following when concluding the investigation:

“Although, she initially indicated that she had direct knowledge of persons who were creating and sending the messages in her initial interview, she is now claiming she does not know who sent them.”

When White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak revealed that the messages were tantamount to a hoax, he noted the following about the culprit in a public statement:

“This afternoon, a young person took responsibility for posting hateful messages on social media. While we are working to learn more about the motives behind this action, we understand that race is at the center of this incident and any use of hateful language against another student is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.

Our anger around racist acts and bullying remain critical to our work as parents, educators and community.”

The statement happened to leave out some of the key details, like how the juvenile involved in creating the account was a student of color and was also a confirmed member of the high school’s Black Excellence Club.

Considering the nature of the incident, authorities aren’t pursuing any charges in the matter.

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Back in April, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on another one of these hate crime hoaxes, where a black college student reportedly owned up to a graffiti incident at a college in Michigan that hosted racist and anti-Semitic phrases.  

Here’s that previous report. 

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ALBION, MI – According to Albion police, a 21-year-old black college student has admitted to creating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was found on campus at Michigan’s Albion College over the weekend of April 3 and 4, 2021.

The graffiti included racial epithets and references to the KKK.

Some of the scrawled statements read:

“Die N*****s Please,”

“Albion is racist we do exist KKK,” and

“KKK White Power.”

There was also a Star of David with “666” across it.

Students and faculty members responded to the graffiti by boycotting classes during the following days.

Protests were also held, with students and faculty marching across campus, shouting, “Silence is violence!”

According to WWMT News, students also demanded “change” from Albion’s administrative officials, with some seniors saying “there had been a racial incident just about every semester and little changed over their four years to make campus feel more inclusive.”

Others reported that during the last month there were “least three incidents of racial and derogatory slurs written on walls in the residence halls, along with drawings of swastikas.”

Senior Jayson Sawyer, who organized the boycotts, told WWMT:

“We do this (boycott) because Albion College has polices that take a stance at anti-racism and if they are not upholding those policies, we would like to make sure they are held accountable.”

Some students have indicated that they have not felt welcome on the Albion campus.

Albion student Akaiia Ridley told WWMT:

“We feel like they brought us here to meet a quota more than they did because they wanted us here.”

Ridley added that some changes had been made at the college, “but more needed to be done.”

In response to concerns over the graffiti, Albion College administrators tweeted messages of support to black students and promised to get to the bottom of the situation.

Officials stated:

“We stand together with our Black students, alumni, faculty, staff, and broader community members in condemning the recent acts of racism on campus.

“Hatred and injustice have no place at Albion, and will not be tolerated.”

Albion College President Mathew Johnson also said in a statement to WWMT:

“The racist and anti-Semitic actions taken on our campus over the last week are cowardly and will not be tolerated.”

He added:

“In addition to caring for and protecting the students most directly impacted, and addressing the safety concerns of the broader student body, we are currently investigating who is responsible for racist graffiti on our campus.”

The college also offered a $1000 reward for information on the person responsible, and promised to seek criminal charges.  In addition, officials promised to consider expelling or suspending that person if they were found to be a student.

As it turns out, authorities did not have to look far for the alleged perpetrator.

On April 6, police brought in a 21-year-old black Albion College student for questioning.  The student reportedly “admitted to creating most of the graffiti.”

Furthermore, video evidence gathered by Albion’s Campus Safety Department confirmed the student’s statements, according to Albion Police Chief Scott Kipp.

The student was released after questioning, and potential prosecution awaits completion of the investigation.

In addition, Albion College removed the student from campus and placed him on a “temporary suspension.” The college is conducting its own investigation “as part of the student judicial process.”

After the student was brought in for questioning, Albion College announced via multiple tweets that he had been identified and acknowledged sole responsibility for the racial and anti-Semitic graffiti.

Interestingly, the college did not mention the race of the student allegedly responsible.

Albion did, however, assure forthcoming action against racism, saying:

“But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident.

“We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community.”

According to Michigan Live, the Albion Department of Public Safety and Albion College Campus Safety are currently working together to assess whether other individuals were involved.

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