Another Trump-inspired “hate crime”, this time from a Chicago college, has been investigated and debunked as a hoax.
Taylor Volk, a student at North Park University who self-identifies as bisexual, alleged that she has received messages taped to her door in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory containing threatening messages such as “Back to hell,” and “#Trump,” along with homophobic slurs according to NBC 5.
Volk also claimed she has received anonymous emails using similar language and references to president-Elect Trump.
“This is a country-wide epidemic all of a sudden,” she said after going public about the incident in a post on Facebook page. “I think that those who have those feelings have been emboldened by this election” adding that she was convinced someone on campus was responsible for the incident.
But following an internal investigation, university officials “discovered that the incident and related messages were fabricated.”
“We are confident there is no further threat of repeated intolerance to any member of our campus community stemming from this recent incident” said university president David Parkyn in a public statement. He also said that individual at the origin of the complaint was no longer a student at North Park.
There has been a surge in reports of hate crimes against Muslims, minorities and LGBT people following Donald Trump’s upset in the presidential election, prompting accusations that the Republican nominee’s election rhetoric had fostered xenophobia and fear mongering. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than 700 instances of intimidation or hateful harassment — in the form of derogatory comments, name calling, graffiti — in the week following Election Day.
However this is not the first time one of these “hate” acts has been found to be false.
Recently, a student at the University of Louisiana Lafayette told police that she had her hijab pulled from her head and her belongings stolen by Trump supporters – only to later admit that she had made up the story.
She will now face charges for the false claims.
Another testimony that made the rounds on social media involving a gay Canadian man named Chris Ball, who claimed to have been severely beaten up by Trump supporters in Santa Monica on election night, has been called into question and remains unproven.
The Santa Monica Police Department posted a message to Facebook that night casting doubt on Ball’s account. It said that police had not “received any information indicating this crime occurred in the City of Santa Monica” and “a check of local hospitals revealed there was no victim of any such incident admitted or treated.”