A Chicago college student who claimed that she was subject to harassment from supporters of President-elect Donald Trump had fabricated evidence that she had been intimidated.
Taylor Volk, an openly bisexual North Park University student in Illinois, asserted on social media that she had been harassed with homophobic slurs posted on her dormitory door, according to WMAQ.
On Nov. 11, Volk alleged that she had found a note stating "Back to Hell" and "#Trump" on her door. She also asserted that she had received anonymous emails threatening her with homophobic slurs, prompting an investigation by the university.
"The fact that somebody reached out to do this to her specifically is shocking," said fellow student Kelsey Stevens. "I think those who have those feelings have been emboldened by this election."
Volk had not offered any theories on who had posted the materials but stated: "I just want them to stop."
On Nov. 22, North Park University President David Parkyn announced that the investigation into the incident had concluded and that officials had found that Volk had falsified the notes and that she was no longer attending the college, The Washington Times reports.
"Sadly, we discovered that the incident and related messages were fabricated; the individual responsible for the incident is not continuing as a student at North Park," Parkyn said. "We are confident there is no further threat of repeated intolerance to any member of our campus community stemming from this recent incident."
On Nov. 29, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a report finding 867 documented cases of bigotry-motivated harassment following the presidential election, with 20 incidents involving Trump supporters being targeted, CNN reports.
Trump has largely dismissed accusations that his controversial campaign rhetoric has incited hate crimes since his election. On Nov. 13, during an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," the business mogul said that he was surprised to hear incidents of violence and harassment being carried out in his name.
"I am so saddened to hear that," Trump said. "And I say, 'Stop it.' If it- if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it."