Anna Ayers, a student government leader at Ohio University, reported finding threatening messages in the drawer of her desk a few weeks ago.
Ayers, an LGBT student, said the three notes were “hateful, harassing,”according to The Post Athens, a student-run news outlet, and made specific attacks on her sexual identity.
“Senate will never be the same for me,” Ayers told The Post of the notes, the first of which she said appeared Sept. 27 in her desk at the Student Senate. “The friendships will continue to grow, and our successes will always evoke pride, but the memory of my time in senate and at OU will be marred by this experience. We will all have a memory of a time when this body failed one of its own.”
The incident caused a stir on campus. The problem was, that stir was based on a lie.
Police quickly concluded that no hate crime had taken place, and that Ayers actually had written the notes to herself.