University of Wyoming student Meg Lanker-Simons was outraged earlier this month when an anonymous user on the Facebook page “UW Crushes,” described wanting to perform threatening sexual acts with her. Underneath the since-deleted post, she commented that the description was “disgusting, misogynistic, and apparently something the admins of this page think is a perfectly acceptable sentiment,” according to Buzzfeed. Now, police allege that she wrote the original post herself in a social media hoax.
Lanker-Simons, 28, who is an award-winning liberal blogger, was issued a citation Monday for interference and is facing up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. She is set to appear in court on May 9, according to Wyoming news outlet Laramie Boomerang Online.
Her police citation reads that she "admitted to making a controversial post on UW Crushes webpage and then lied about not doing it."
Here's the Facebook post police say was written by Lanker-Simons, per The Examiner:
I want to hatef**k Meg Lanker — so hard. That chick that runs her liberal mouth all the time and doesn’t care who knows it. I think its [sic] hot and it makes me angry. One night with me and she’s gonna be a good Republican b**ch.
The post led to a campus protest against “rape culture” and an investigation by university police, radio station KOWB 1290 reports. However, the investigation ultimately led the police to Lanker-Simons.
University police searched the student’s computer pursuant with a search warrant, says an official university statement. Upon the search, “UW police obtained substantial evidence verifying that the offending Facebook post came from Lanker-Simons’ computer, while the computer was in her possession,” reads the statement.
UW spokesman Chad Baldwin also contributed to the statement:
This episode has sparked an important discussion reaffirming that the UW community has no tolerance for sexual violence or violence of any type. The fact that the Facebook post apparently was a fabrication does not change the necessity for continued vigilance in assuring that we have a campus where everyone feels safe.
In 2010, Lanker-Simons was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against UW, filed after the university rescinded a speaking invitation from former 1960s radical Bill Ayers, according to KOWB.