Police: Princeton Student Faked Attack

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    Police: Princeton Student Faked Attack

    By GEOFF MULVIHILL
    Associated Press Writer
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    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- A Princeton University student who argued that his conservative views were not accepted on the campus confessed to fabricating an assault and sending threatening e-mail messages to himself and some friends who shared his views, authorities said Monday.

    Princeton Township police said that Francisco Nava was not immediately charged with any crime, but that the investigation was continuing.

    Nava claimed to have been assaulted Friday by two men off campus, police said. But he later confessed that scrapes and scratches on his face were self-inflicted, and that the threats were his work, too, said Detective Sgt. Ernie Silagyi.

    A spokeswoman for the Ivy League university said punishment, which could range from a warning to expulsion, was pending Monday.

    "The university takes all matters related to the safety of its community members very seriously," said spokeswoman Lauren Robinson-Brown. "It's particularly concerning that a student would fabricate such matters.

    Nava did not respond immediately to an e-mail from The Associated Press on Monday, and a phone listing for him could not be located.

    Nava, a 23-year-old junior politics major from Bedford, Texas, found himself at the center of one campus controversy recently when he wrote a column for the student newspaper criticizing the school for giving out free condoms, which he said encouraged a dangerous "hook-up culture."

    A short time later, Nava made his first report to the university public safety office that he was receiving threatening messages in his campus mailbox. A friend says Nava told him one message read, in capital letters: "ONE MORE ARTICLE AND YOU WON'T LIVE TO SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY."

    Other members of the Anscombe Society, a conservative student organization, who have spoken out against premarital sex and same-sex marriage, said they received similar threats. So did Robert George, a professor in the politics department.

    Robinson-Brown would not say exactly how the university responded to the threats. But she said that, in general, when students are threatened they are given access to counselors, assured that the campus security force will take their calls right away and can be moved to new dorm rooms.

    Another student wrote in the campus newspaper Friday that the threats Nava received did not get the same forceful response as anti-gay graffiti that appeared this semester outside the dorm rooms of some gay students.

    Brandon McGinley called it a double standard, which made it seem OK to "use intimidation tactics to silence the voices of morally conservative students."

    But the threats, like the attack, are apparently a hoax.

    "Everyone feels saddened, shocked and surprised to have been dragged along in this," McGinley said. "We're all extremely concerned for (his) mental state."

    McGinley said it was a surprise that Nava, who was a resident assistant in a dorm and a member of a campuswide committee on religious life, would be involved in such a hoax.

    But he said that after the purported attack, Nava's friends began comparing notes and found some several inconsistencies he told them about threats and the attack. He said they told authorities about them.

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    There's been a rash of these types of faked incidents, here's one going back a year:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2006/08/kafirphobia_americans_as_viole.html

     
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    This sort of thing seems to be becoming increasingly common. Sadly, I don't find too surprising. When a society gives special, almost star-level status to "victims," we shouldn't be shocked when people think that the only way to be heard is to fake an entry into "victim statushood."
     
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    damn, Jillian...


    Did you hear that?
     
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    How about the Jewish Professor a couple years ago that scrawled nazi crap on her car and claimed she was a victim of racism. She was so dumb she did it in the parking lot and was seen doing it.
     
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    That sounds like liberal insanity, rather than anything else....
     
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    well, I sure wasn't going to mention it since I'm wearing a Scarlet A these days but...


    hey, ask my buddy Jill. I'm confident that she can separate that example into apples and oranges.
     
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    I think you all have it all wrong, that was no fake attack, asking a conservative to think in college or even on USMB throws them into such a state of panic, they head directly for the gun case. Thought frightens the hell outta them.
     
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    Yes. This one is a little unusual because it's a conservative, but the vast majority are like the one RGS points out.
     

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