Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Yet another bogus hate crime

Why do they seem to be so popular on campus? Claremont professor suspected of staging hate crime:
A professor who claimed she was targeted in a hate crime that stirred student protests at the Claremont colleges is suspected of staging the vandalism herself, police said Wednesday.

Kerri F. Dunn's car was vandalized and covered with racist, anti-Semitic and sexist epithets on March 9, leading faculty to cancel classes and students to stage rallies the following day.

Two witnesses interviewed by police investigators allegedly saw Dunn, a visiting professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College, commit the vandalism, police said in a statement.
In case you missed the original hoorah, see Claremont colleges reel from hate crime:
Some students at the Claremont colleges want an annual "awareness day" to address the recent rash of hate crimes in this tranquil college community.

Students at Pitzer College proposed canceling classes and holding teach-ins to encourage students to discuss diversity issues every March 9, college spokeswoman Susan Andrews said Thursday.

The date would fall on the day that a professor's car was spray-painted with racial slurs. The incident prompted some 2,000 students and faculty members to rally Wednesday to show they won't tolerate racism.
That's OK, next March 9 they can pretend to cancel classes and hold teach-ins.