A lesbian student at Ohio University has now admitted that she perpetrated a hoax hate crime against herself.
Anna Ayers, a self-professed lesbian student, had reported to the campus police that she had received a series of death threats and other vile messages because she is a member of the LGBTQ community at the school, according to Campus Reform.
Police say that Ayers, a member of the student government (she is a student senator there), had reported that she received these threatening messages in her Student Senate office and at her campus residence.
But when police began investigating, they discovered that the woman had created the messages all by herself.
According to Campus Reform:
“Ayers previously reported receiving a series of threatening messages, two of them in the Student Senate office, and one of them at her residence,” the OU Police Department’s statement reads, adding that, “subsequent investigation by OUPD found that Ayers had placed the messages herself, prior to reporting them.”
Ayers, the former student senate appropriations commissioner, reported to the student senate last week that she received a note in the student senate office on September 27, which she said “expressed extreme hatred… because of who I am,” according to an article in The Post, a student-run newspaper on campus.
The following week, October 6, Ayers thanked supporters on Twitter for being with her “during a pretty awful time.”
Ayers has now embarrassed a large group of fellow students and organizations that had jumped to her support with Tweets, statements, and social media posts.
But after the investigation proved that she had been lying about the threats, the police arrested her for making false claims.
“Making ‘false alarms’ is a first-degree misdemeanor that can carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.” According to an OU Police Department tweet, “Ayers is scheduled to appear in Athens County Municipal Court Thursday morning.
“We are still processing and encouraging our members to take time to heal and utilize campus support resources right now,” Student Senate President Maddie Sloat said in a statement to Campus Reform. “We’re complying with the investigation and OUPD. We hope Anna receives the help that she needs.”
Ayers has since resigned from her position as a student senator.
The university issued a statement saying the following:
“All complaints of harassment and threats of violence are taken seriously at Ohio University and investigated as fully as possible with a desire to uncover facts,” Carly Leatherwood, senior director of communications at Ohio University told Campus Reform in a statement on Tuesday.
“As a matter of process, in addition to adjudication in the criminal court, any student who is charged with a crime is referred to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility in order to determine if a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred,” Leatherwood added.
So, like so many others, this incident has proven to be a hoax.
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