There must be something in the water at GWU. A few weeks ago, several GWU students admitted to putting up fake “hate Muslim” posters around the university in response to Islamofascism Awareness Week. Robert Stacy McCain reports on another hoax a student has admitted to perpetrating on herself (h/t: BCB):
A student at George Washington University has admitted drawing swastikas on her own door, university officials say:
After evaluating evidence from a hidden camera positioned in response to the swastika postings in Mitchell Hall, University Police have linked the student who filed the complaints to several of the incidents.
Following a final interview with investigators today, the student admitted responsibility for those incidents.
The student in question is an 18-year-old freshman. The GW Hatchet reports:
Using footage from a hidden video camera, the University Police Department linked freshman Sarah Marshak with the vandalism. She will now appear before Student Judicial Services and could face federal and District charges, a spokesperson announced Monday afternoon.
In an interview with The Hatchet Monday afternoon, Marshak, who had been a reporter for this newspaper, categorically denied drawing the swastikas on her residence hall door.
Marshak saw six swastikas on her residence hall door, where she lived alone.
What causes people to engage in “hate crime” hoaxes? McCain speculates:
Self-inflicted fake hate crimes are an increasingly common phenomena, especially on college campuses. Why? Perhaps because students are told that “hate” is ubiquitous, and that being a victim of oppression is akin to sainthood.
It’s the “American Idol” syndrome: Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame, and faking a hate crime against yourself is a quick shortcut to the limelight.
Not only that, but it’s also a a devious way for some of the most intolerant people in this country to try and “prove” the alleged “hate” that supposedly lurks inside people with whom they disagree. But as I’ve said here before, if real “hate crimes” were as widespread as the usual suspects claim they are, then it wouldn’t be necessary to make them up.
Stay tuned …