Charges still not filed in UW-Parkside hate crime hoax
Annie Scholz reports Video by wtmj.comvideo
KENOSHA- It's been a week since a UW-Parkside student confessed to a hate crime hoax. So why haven't any charges been filed?
Authorities say it does seem like this should be an open and shut case, but there's more to the story. And they still need more information before they can wrap it up.
Students at UW-Parkside are still talking about the racist threat on campus that turned out to be a hoax. Two nooses and a hit list had the campus on high alert.
"I think they need to get to the bottom of it just be done with it so the campus can return to complete
normalcy." said Sara Kragness, a freshman at UW-Parkside. Meanwhile, junior Rachel Henry told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I really haven't heard anything besides the fact that they caught the person who made the hit list, so I really don't know any information."
And that is part of the issue. Khalilah Ford confessed to authorities, but only to making the hit list.
Sgt. Bill Beth of the Kenosha County sheriff's department told TODAY'S TMJ4, "It just came to light as we kind of looked through everything that there are a few loose ends."
Like, who is responsible for those nooses? Is it Ford? Are there others involved? "People have kind of stopped talking so we're kind of seeing how we can get to that information," said Sgt. Bill Beth.
While they work on that, students say the important thing is that they're still sticking together.
"We still know that it happened and we're, as a community I think, we're doing a lot better than we were certainly last week at this time." said junior Kevin Coughlin.
"Even though we had a bad situation, we brought something good from it, so that's kind of a good thing to see happening," said freshman Sara Kragness.
The school still won't comment on whether Ford has been expelled, but we do know that she's moved out of the dorm. Charges against her could be filed as early as next week.