By Justin Muszynski
A CCSU student has been arrested and charged after allegedly making anti-gay threats to herself.
The numerous harassments were the focus of an anti-hate rally that the university held in March to support the two girls whom were the victims. The gathering attracted many supporters from the area and media attention from several news organizations.
Alexandra Pennell, 19, has been charged with 25 criminal counts, eight of which are felonies. In the arrest warrant, the police said that after Pennell was notified that she had been seen on surveillance slipping one of the notes under her own door, she admitted to writing all of the threats herself.
In a letter from Pennell to her roommate, Siobhan Dooley, Pennell said she committed the acts because she felt she was losing all of her close friends, according to the warrant. It also said that she continued to write the threats because of all the attention it gained her.
Pennell has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and according to Connecticut’s Judicial Branch website her case is in the “pre-trial” phase.
Her charges include: interfering with an officer, falsely reporting an incident and tampering with evidence.
“While we are confident that the perpetrator has been identified, we are nonetheless saddened by the student’s actions, which are likely to bring serious consequences for her,” said Mark McLaughlin, associate vice president of marketing and communications, in a statement on behalf of the university.
The warrant also states that the CCSU Office of Student Conduct has suspended Pennell from attending any Connectucut State University for 5 years.
She was arrested on May 2 and is due back in court July 26.
“We remain proud, however, of the campus community’s response to what we believed was an act of bias, and we reaffirm now what was said then: acts of bias and hate will not be tolerated at CCSU,” said McLaughlin. “They hurt our colleagues and students; they contravene our educational mission; they undermine our sense of community. This University is committed to offering a welcoming and safe place for all.”