Say It Isn’t So On Campus


The National Association of Scholars’ list of the top ten higher education stories of 2013 includes a recounting of hoaxes perpetrated by students at four universities. Observers are left wondering why students would deliberately try to create incidents; was it ill will between student factions or did they simply have too much time on their hands? The hoaxes caused fear among students and parents, resulted in cancelled classes, and exposed one college that purposely engaged in fear mongering.

Oberlin College canceled classes in March after several incidents in which racist and anti-gay epithets were scrawled on campus walls, although administrators knew from the outset that the graffiti was the work of “leftist provocateurs.” A reporter for the Daily Caller discovered police reports indicating that college leaders knew all along that the incidents were a hoax. Oberlin College chose not to admit the truth but instead to whip up controversy.

At the University of Wyoming, a student sent herself fake rape threats, referring to herself as “that chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time.” When it was discovered that the feminist student had created the threats, she pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a police officer, was given a small fine, and no jail time. The student is now enrolled in law school in another state.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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