Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Alicia and the wolf 

There was an incident at Trinity College that turned out to be a hoax.
A black student at Trinity College has confessed to sending racially charged hate letters to minority students at the Illinois institution -- mailings that sent the campus into turmoil and led to the temporary evacuation of the letters' apparent targets.

The student, Alicia Hardin, 19, said she had perpetrated the hoax because she wanted to transfer away from Trinity and hoped to convince her parents that the campus was unsafe, Lt. Ronald D. Price, of the Bannockburn Police Department, said on Tuesday."

Alicia wanted to go to Jackson State, where she has some friends. An LA Times article on the same subject quotes someone from the district attorney's office:
Whatever happened to getting a doctor's note to avoid school, or just saying you don't want to go? There's got to be an easier way to get out of college than to bring in the FBI.
What would make you think that was true? Since any such threat will be taken so seriously, and university officials will go to such extremes as evacuating any minority student, why wouldn't you do this? It's precious little different from the student who calls in a bomb scare at lunchtime because the big bad macroeconomics midterm is at 2pm.