Chicago College Student Made Up Anti-Gay, Trump-Related Hate Mail, University Says

A student at Chicago-based North Park University allegedly faked an incident in which she claimed to have received anti-gay notes and emails, according to the educational institution’s president

In its original report, NBC5 Chicago explained what supposedly occurred insofar as the hate mail that targeted the student was concerned.

“Taylor Volk says she is openly bisexual—and last week the North Park University senior from DeKalb was singled out by a hateful note she found taped to her door Friday morning. The note reads ‘Back to hell,’ and ‘#Trump’ along with homophobic slurs. Volk also said she’s received two anonymous emails saying similar things—so she went public with it on her Facebook page. ‘This is a countrywide epidemic all of a sudden,’ Volk said.”

Shortly before the Thanksgiving break, North Park University President David L. Parkyn issued a statement about the incident that provided additional context.

“One week ago I wrote to our campus community twice on the same day in related messages…In these messages I stressed that interactions based on hate have no place at North Park. The second message in particular was prompted by an incident of intolerance that occurred in a student’s off-campus residence. I’m writing today to notify our community that this incident has been fully investigated and resolved. Sadly, we discovered that the incident and related messages were fabricated; the individual responsible for the incident is not continuing as a student at North Park. We are confident there is no further threat of repeated intolerance to any member of our campus community stemming from this recent incident…”

Emotions continue to run high since Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in an electoral college landslide, an event that came as a complete surprise to the poll-driven mainstream news media, and by extension, many U.S. residents as well as people around the world. Although several media accounts point to an increase in hate crimes since the presidential election, apparently not all of them are what they seem.

As the Inquisitr previously chronicled, a Seattle-area woman made up a claim about being sexually assaulted that she posted to Facebook because she was “distraught” about the presidential election results. The Facebook post in question also apparently suggested that cops were indifferent to the initial rape allegation. Local police investigated the rape accusation and reportedly determined that it was a hoax after detectives finally located her and conducted an interview, the Kirkland Patch and other news outlets reported.

Separately, a Boston-area man reportedly admitted to lodging a fake hate crime complaint about being accosted by two alleged Trump supporters.

“The men used a racial slur, made a reference to lynching and warned him this is Donald ‘Trump country now,’ according to the report he gave police,” the Boston Herald detailed.

Malden, Massachusetts, police subsequently determined that the story was a complete fabrication.

As the Inquisitr also previously outlined, a University of Louisiana-Lafayette student acknowledged that she made up a story about being assaulted, robbed, and having her hijab torn off by two men, one of whom was wearing a Trump hat. The Lafayette Police Department later announced that it was no longer investigating after the alleged victim admitted to the fabrication. According to CBS New Orleans affiliate WWL-TV, authorities plan to charge the woman, age 18, with filing a false report.

In an unrelated incident, a motorist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area reportedly told cops that Donald Trump’s presidential win was to blame for an alleged drunk-driving-related, three-car accident that occurred on the evening after Election Day. The motorist told the Star Tribune after getting out of jail, however, that she was just being sarcastic when she made a fleeting mention of the president-elect after asking if everyone involved in the accident in the other vehicles were okay. She added that she doesn’t really follow politics.

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