A so-called “racist letter” that used the n-word and threatened a black student at St. Olaf College in Minnesota has now been revealed as a hoax by the school’s president Wednesday.
In a message to students, St. Olaf President David R. Anderson said a student confessed to writing the note.
He said the typewritten, anonymous was “fabricated” with the intention to “to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.”
After the letter was made public on April 29, it sparked mass protests organized by students who decried the letter as a “hate crime.”
The protests forced the school to shut down its cafeteria and the student commons after students demanded that the school administration address the issue, which later turned out to be a hoax.
Now that the student has admitted to writing the fake letter, Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said the investigation into the incident is now closed.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Samantha Wells, the black student who found the note, wrote on social media, “I will be saying it was a hoax. I don’t care. There is nothing more that I can do.”
Wells told police last week that she doesn’t want to file a report and didn’t show law enforcement the note as she “took [it] outside and had a ‘ceremonial’ burning to destroy it.”