Student admits that he staged a hoax:
Here‘s my article at Pajamas Media.
Nava ’09 admits to fabricating assault, threatening e-mails
Francisco Nava ’09 has admitted to fabricating an alleged assault on him that he said occurred Friday evening and to sending threatening emails to himself, other members of the Anscombe Society and prominent conservative politics professor Robert George, today while being interviewed by Princeton Township Police.
“He fabricated the story,” Det. Sgt. Ernie Silagyi said.
Nava was released to Public Safety and charges “have not been filed pending further investigation,” according to a statement from Township Police.
Former Anscombe president Sherif Girgis ’08 said he is “deeply angry and upset” at the news the incident was fabricated. “I am deeply troubled about what this must mean about Francisco and about his personal life,” he said, adding that he had harbored suspicions about Nava’s story before the Township confirmed the assault was faked.
Girgis, who was one of the four Anscombe officers who received threatening emails Wednesday evening along with George, added that he believed the organization — which promotes socially conservative sexual mores on campus — had handled the situation well. “We did everything right,” he said. “We did not jump to any conclusion about the facts of the case.”
University communications director Lauren Robinson-Brown said the University is looking into the incident and “the investigation is ongoing,” adding that “as the investigation continues, we will continue to provide all necessary support to everyone involved.”
“As standard procedure, discipline isn’t considered until an investigation is concluded,” Robinson-Brown said. Nevertheless, the fabricated threats and assault are likely to result in disciplinary procedures against Nava.
Monday December 17: Former hoax and injury details complicate picture of assault
Four officers of the Anscombe Society and a prominent conservative politics professor received threatening emails Wednesday evening from off-campus email addresses.
The five individuals received identical messages telling them they would “suffer,” ordering them to “shut the fuck up” and declaring that “you are not welcome here.” “We will destroy you,” the message said.
Though the message did not explicitly mention the Anscombe Society, the four students who received emails were Anscombe vice president Jonathan Hwang ’09, president Kevin Staley-Joyce ’09, former president Sherif Girgis ’08 and administrative committee chair Francisco Nava ’09. Politics professor Robert George — who has publicly supported conservative causes, including the Anscombe Society’s goal of promoting chastity — also received the message.
Threats through email and typed letters.
This is not a new experience for Professor George:
George, on the other hand, said he has received plenty of hate mail in his 23 years of teaching and discussing controversial issues. He forwarded this most recent email to Public Safety.
“If it’s a death threat or a threat of violence, I [alert authorities],” he said. “But if someone’s saying, ‘I’ve got influence with President Tilghman and I’m going to see that you’re fired,’ or something, then I don’t report it. That’s just standard hate mail.”
George added that he had received “less than 10, probably more than two” messages that threatened physical harm in his career.
And one student member of Anscombe was attacked in the Township,
Francisco Nava ’09 was physically attacked by two men in Princeton Township Friday evening, sustaining a concussion but no other serious injuries. The assault comes on the heels of several threatening messages recently sent to Nava, apparently in connection with his involvement with the socially conservative Anscombe Society.
Nava said he was walking from a borrowed car to the house of a boy he is mentoring when he was stopped by a man dressed in black and wearing a ski cap. According to Nava, the man said that someone was hurt and asked for his help. A second assailant, who was waiting around the corner, grabbed Nava from behind. Together, the two men checked him against a wall and repeatedly hit his head against the bricks.
The Princeton Packet has absolutely nothing on the incidents.
As I mentioned in this podcast, Princeton is not a conservative-friendly place at all. However, these incidents are way beyond the pale.
Every so often you find a friendly bumper sticker around town, even if the trolls hive on the ‘net.
The attack also comes only a day after a columnist for the Daily Princetonian criticized Princeton’s administration for signaling that there was an “Open Season” on conservative students. “By permitting a double standard to exist, the University has — inadvertently, I am sure — signaled to those who would use intimidation tactics to silence the voices of morally conservative students that their misconduct will not be investigated, much less punished or even denounced,” said the article written by Brandon McGinley, also a Tory staffer.