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Sheriff: UW-Parkside racial threats were a hoax, no one arrested

Sheriff: UW-Parkside racial threats were a hoax, no one arrested

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Feb 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 3, 2012

KENOSHA- Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth had told TODAY'S TMJ4 the threats made towards African-American students at UW-Parkside were a hoax.

The sheriff stressed that there was absolutely no danger to the students at UW-Parkside due to this threat.  Through the investigation detectives were able to determine that there never was a threat of harm to students at UW-Parkside.

An investigation led authorities to question a female student about the threats.  The student allegedly told authorities she had made the hit list because she was not satisfied with the initial response from a resident assistant when that resident assistant was shown the rubber bands that were said to look like a noose.  The suspect wanted greater attention to that issue.

Freshman Carolina Diaz is shocked by the news, telling TODAY'S TMJ4, "I just think it's like ridiculous, that's something really serious."  Meanwhile, Crystal Sims of the Black Student Union said how she felt about this, saying, "Anger.  Disappointment.  I believe it's extremely pathetic for someone to terrify their student body in such a matter because it is something serious."

Authorities have not arrested anyone in this case.  UW-Parkside police said they are trying to protect the perpetrator Friday evening.  The name of the woman involved is being withheld in order to provide the opportunity to remove her from campus.

UW-Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford said, "It is good to find out that there was not an actual safety threat to our students."

UW-Parkside Police Chief James Heller said, "The safety of our students and the security of our campus is the highest priority.  I am glad that we can tell our students to rest easy tonight."

The sheriff says he plans to go to the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office on Monday to push for charges against that person and anyone else who was involved because of the commotion caused on campus.

The sheriff's department was investigating after two nooses and a so-called hit list targeting African-American students was found Wednesday and Thursday.