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Vicious Political Cyberbullying or an Elaborate Hoax? Investigators Try to Get to the Bottom of Alleged Sexual Threat Made Against Liberal Student Online

A strange controversy has been brewing at the University of Wyoming this week regarding social media and campus politics. Before being shut down, the non-university affiliated Facebook page UW Crushes, hosted a post by a commenter appearing to be conservative regarding an outspoken liberal student on campus.

The Wyoming Star-Tribune reports:

“I want to hatef— Meg Lanker- so hard,” the Facebook post said. “That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and shes gonna be a good Republican b—-.”

Meg Lanker-Simons reported the post to university administrators and campus police, telling the Laramie Boomerang that as a rape survivor this is “one of the worst things someone can threaten.” The already weird campus development took a surprising turn Tuesday, though, when it was revealed by University of Wyoming Police Department that Lanker-Simons may have put up the threatening post herself. In a separate article, the Laramie Boomerang reported that police obtained a warrant to search the student’s computer and found substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer, while the computer was in her possession.”

Lanker-Simons was issued a citation for interference and will appear in court May 13. If found guilty of the misdemeanor, Lanker-Simons could see up to a year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. Lanker-Simons has gained supporters though, who say she is innocent, and the turn of events has led to demonstrations and attention to sexual violence on campus.

Andrew Wilkow discussed the case in depth on TheBlaze TV Thursday, watch a clip from the segment below:

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