Former student accused of making fake threats against fellow black students enters plea

A former Kean University student has pleaded not guilty to making fake threats against fellow black students at the school.

Kayla-Simone McKelvey, of Union Township appeared at a brief court proceeding Monday to face one count of creating a false public alarm. She didn't comment afterward.

Prosecutors say McKelvey participated in a Nov. 17 rally on racial issues at Kean and then went to a campus library computer and posted anonymous threats on Twitter against black students.

The charge carries a maximum prison term of five years, but McKelvey's attorney says her lack of any criminal past could earn her probation. The lawyer, Thomas Ashley, cautioned Monday that even a probationary term could include about a year in jail, a possibility he said wouldn't be appropriate in her case.