ELIZABETH - A former Kean University student has pleaded not guilty to making fake threats against fellow black students at the school.
Kayla-Simone McKelvey, of Union Township appeared at a brief court proceeding Monday to face one count of creating a false public alarm. She didn't comment afterward.
The third-degree charge carries a maximum prison term of five years, but McKelvey's attorney says her lack of any criminal past could earn her probation.
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Attorney Thomas Ashley cautioned Monday that even a probationary term could include about a year in jail, a possibility he said wouldn't be appropriate in McKelvey's case.
Prosecutors say McKelvey participated in a Nov. 17 rally on racial issues at Kean and then went to a campus library computer and posted anonymous threats on Twitter against black students.