No one could have predicted this.
From The College Fix:
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," the school's president said Wednesday.Here's an interview with Wells on FOX 9 basking in the media spotlight and saying how she won't be "shut up."
President David Anderson said in an email to students that an investigation into the note identified a person of interest "who confessed to writing the note."
"We've confirmed that this was not a genuine threat. We're confident that there is no ongoing threat from this incident to individuals or the community as a whole," he said.
In a second campuswide email sent later Wednesday, Anderson used stronger words to explain what happened: "The reason I said in my earlier note that this was not a genuine threat is that we 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."
Anderson, citing federal student privacy laws, did not identify the person of interest nor use the term hate-crime hoax, but his announcements essentially confirm what some students have said privately to themselves ever since the chaos erupted at the rural Southern Minnesota campus earlier this month.
Around the same time Anderson made the announcement Wednesday, the black female student who initially told everyone she found the note on her car that used the n-word and threatened her announced on social media "I will be saying it was a hoax."
The typewritten note had stated: "I am so glad that you are leaving soon. One less [n-word] 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."
A Facebook screenshot obtained by The College Fix shows Samantha Wells, the student who reported the incident, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that "it looks like something made its way back to me in the investigation."
"I will be saying it was a hoax," she continued. "I don't care. There is nothing more that I can do. I just wanted to give y'all the heads up."
In an email to The College Fix, Wells confirmed the post but said it's since been deleted and that she has "nothing to admit."
"It was a reaction to something said this morning and my wanting for all of this to end. I did not have to admit anything because there is nothing to admit," she said.
She said the probe into her case has concluded, but that she couldn't comment further because of legal reasons.
As the protest took on a life of its own, an email chain among students and scholars at the school shows Wells said she didn’t want the incident to be investigated.How selfless.
The email thread, which had a subject line of TRACK DOWN RACIST BEHIND THREATS, includes college members discussing how St. Olaf could use its technology to find those behind the alleged racist incidents. As the chain of emails progressed, one student said she was speaking with Wells, who told her “she doesn’t want people tongo [sic] through computers to find the person who wrote the note to her. She does, however, want everything possible to be done for the others.”
The next email in the thread came from Wells.Clearly, she's completely innocent.
“I would like to echo Krysta and say that I do not want my case to be investigated,” Wells wrote. “Not because I do not want to let this person go but because I am very stressed and I think that efforts could be utilized elsewhere. That said, I do want them to investigate both previous and possible later cases.”
Wells added she was stressed.
“Also, this message could have been printed off school grounds and could have been printed days, months, or years ago,” she wrote. “I mean heck, I printed off a form today for work (that I didn’t get to turn in whoops) right before I went to my car so I too could be a suspect but even I am not that extra.”
That said, even if she did write the note herself, I think we can all agree it's white people who are to blame because they created the "climate" where she felt she had to stage such hate hoaxes against herself to be accepted.
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