Woman Who Tweeted Threats to Fellow Students Jailed


A former leader of a black student group was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail for tweeting anonymous threats against fellow black college students in an attempt to raise awareness about racial issues on campus.

Kayla McKelvey, 25, pleaded guilty in April to creating a false public alarm. She will serve five years’ probation, serve 100 hours in a labor assistance program with the county sheriff’s department and undergo anger management and counseling.

Prosecutors alleged she tweeted threats from a Kean University library because she wanted more people to attend a 2015 rally. She then returned to the rally to tell about the threats.

One tweet addressed to campus police read: “I will kill all the blacks tonight, tomorrow and any other day if they go to Kean University.”

The university increased security at a cost of $82,000, which McKelvey will have to pay.