The Kean University graduate and former leader of the Pan African Student Union, Kayla McKelvey, was sentenced to 90 days in jail in a plea deal. The judge was unhappy with it, saying that her actions could’ve created a “tinder box” and unstable situation:
In her statement to the judge, McKelvey apologized for sending the messages, which said black students would be shot. She admitted the tweets were wrong but said her intent to raise awareness about racial issues was correct.
McKelvey, 25, and a former president of the university’s Pan African Student Union, said she “made a poor error in judgement to shine a light on an issue that is important to me. My intent was to expose racism on campus,” McKelvey said. She opened her statement by apologizing to the university and Union Township police, and to her friends and family.
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