The perpetrator of an infamous, decade old hate-crime hoax recently explained her motivation for deceiving friends, teachers and local police into believing that she was being terrorized by anti-gay bigots.
The woman told Buzzfeed’s Sandra Allen that she was really just looking for an excuse to not do her homework.
“I started a whole fake hate-crime thing with the police so I didn’t have to do my homework,” said the woman.
The incidents happened more than 10 years ago. The woman, who is unnamed in Buzzfeed’s interview, was a 17-year-old student at Tamalpais High School in Marin County, California in 2004. She was out as a lesbian, and ran the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance group, seemingly making her a target of an anti-gay tormenter who scrawled insults on her car and locker. She also received death threats.
The community banded together to support her, holding rallies and vigils. Her friends and family supported her.
But then, several closeted gay teachers at Tamalpais were also targeted, and the police became involved. Authorities eventually determined that the victim was in fact the perpetrator. She had written the obscenities and called in the death threats herself.