I applaud the University at Albany for their punishment of these hooligans faking a hate crime. What a refreshingly rational response to these students disgusting behavior. It is incredible that the girls didn’t realize that there would be at least one camera recording on the bus. Update to this story.
The University at Albany (SUNY-Albany) has expelled two black students and suspended a third after they were hit with charges related to a fake hate crime they reported earlier this year.
Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs grabbed national headlines in January after they claimed they were assaulted by a mob of white students while riding on a public bus.
“I just got jumped on a bus while people hit us and called us the ‘n’ word,’ and NO ONE helped us.” Burwell declared on Twitter that evening. “I begged for people to help us and instead of help they told us to ‘shut he f*ck up’ and continuously hit us in the head.”
The reaction was spectacular. Hundreds joined demonstrations on SUNY-Albany’s campus, Burwell’s brother (a player for the San Diego Chargers) threatened a student who was allegedly involved, and the three even received a supportive tweet from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
But once police got involved, the three girls’ story rapidly unraveled. No fewer than 12 different cameras captured footage of the fight, and they revealed the bus incident actually involved the three girls attacking white passengers on the bus, rather than the other way around. More