Classes were canceled at all five Claremont colleges to protest a hate crime against a Claremont-McKenna psychology professor. Kerri Dunn’s car was vandalized and painted with anti-black and anti-Jewish slogans. She told students it was a “well-planned act of terrorism.” Now police say Kerri Dunn faked the whole thing.
Kerri Dunn, who spoke at a free speech seminar March 9, reported to police after the lecture that her car had been vandalized – tires slashed, windows broken and spray painted with racial epithets. Police, however, say two witnesses have come forward claiming they saw Dunn vandalizing her own vehicle.
The incident prompted all five of the Claremont Colleges to cancel classes March 10 for teach-ins and rallies against hate crimes. More than 1,000 people attended an evening rally at Claremont McKenna, where students pushed for racial and ethnic tolerance and Dunn was one of the speakers.
Dunn denies she vandalized her own car.
She is likely to be charged with filing a false police report. She claimed $1,700 in personal property was stolen when her car was vandalized. However, it’s not a hate crime since she doesn’t hate blacks and Jews. (She’s a white Catholic planning to convert to Judaism.)
Her teaching contract ends June 30. The college, which is paying for her rental car, hasn’t announced whether she’ll finish out the academic year.
Update: Dunn has been suspended from teaching while the college investigates the allegations she vandalized her own car.