Yesterday we told you about the horrific third and fourth degree burns University of North Carolina Quinn Matney received after he was attacked by a stranger who branded his wrist while telling the gay student he was getting “a taste of hell.” Today we are creeped out to tell you that UNC Chapel Hill has announced that Matney made the whole thing up.
An announcement from the school’s chancellor reads:
“The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault reported to campus last night did not occur. That report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false. The University will not report it as a hate crime.”
“It is important to recognize that incidents of harassment do occur,” Thorp continued. “When they do, we take them seriously. We strive to foster a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment at Carolina.
UNC came under fire for hesitating to report the branding as a hate crime to federal officers a week after the attack. It’s clear now why they hesitated. No further information was given on the cause of Matney’s injuries, but we assure you that incidents like this one – where an openly gay man alleges anti-gay violence against him – becoming national news do absolutely no favors to the LGBT community when they turn out to be false.
We’re as disturbed about the counterfeiting of this story as we were about the branding that was alleged to have occurred in the first place.
So why did Matney make it up?