Wednesday, April 27, 2005
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Just Blame the White Folks

Black Student Confesses To Sending Hate Mail
Police say an African-American female student has confessed to sending threatening letters targeting fellow minority students at her small Christian university, apparently to convince her parents the school was too dangerous for her to stay. School leaders at Trinity International University say it is painful that one of their own has come forward in this case. The university president calls today's revelation agonizing. Bannockburn police have arrested a black student for sending the racist notes. Police say the student was unhappy on campus and wanted to imply the school was not safe. The notes were her way of persuading her parents to let her leave the university.
UPDATE: Houston Chronicle: Student charged in hate crime -- She sent racial slurs to other minorities because she was homesick, Illinois police say By MIKE COLIAS UPDATE II: Chicago Tribune: Trinity student in trouble again By Lisa Black
A Chicago woman released on bail after she was charged with sending hate mail at the college she attended was in trouble again today after allegedly text-messaging a friend at the school, accusing police of pressuring her into confessing. Alicia Hardin, 19, sent the message within an hour of being bonded out of jail Tuesday, Lake County Assistant State's Atty. George Strickland said at a bond review hearing this morning in Waukegan. Hardin, who is African-American, is charged with a hate crime and disorderly conduct. An undergraduate at Trinity International University in north suburban Bannockburn, Hardin allegedly sent handwritten letters containing racial slurs and a threat of violence to three other minority students. As a condition of her release, Judge Victoria L. Martin on Tuesday ordered Hardin not to have contact with Trinity or her three alleged victims. Later that day, after posting $500 cash bail on her $5,000 bond and being released from custody, Hardin text-messaged a female Trinity student who was not one of the three recipients, Strickland said. "In that message, she said she had done nothing wrong," Strickland said. "She indicated in the message that … she was forced to say whatever she said." The student who received the message complained to Bannockburn police, who relayed the information to the state's attorney's office, Strickland said. Hardin violated the conditions of her release by sending the message, the prosecutor said in court today.