Woman pleads not guilty to threats against black students at Kean University

Woman pleads not guilty to threats against black students at Kean University

Woman pleads not guilty to threats against black students at Kean University (12/14/15)

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.

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.

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