Union Woman Accused of Kean Threats, Denied Probation Program

The township woman accused of tweeting threatening messages against black students at Kean University, applied to enter a probation program that would ultimately expunged charges from her record but according to officials a judge denied her request Thursday.

Kayla McKelvey, 24, of Union, a 2015 Kean graduate, Thursday was denied participation in pretrial intervention in connection with charges of creating a false public alarm, a third-degree crime.


According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, McKelvey, a self-proclaimed activist, participated in a student rally regarding racial issues held on the evening of Tuesday, November 17, but left the rally midway through and walked to a computer station located in a university library. Once there, McKelvey allegedly created an anonymous Twitter account and began posting racially charged threats of violence against black Kean students.

After making the posts, McKelvey immediately returned to the rally and attempted to spread awareness of the threats she allegedly had just fabricated.

The investigation further revealed that there was never any actual plan to harm students.