Princeton Student Faked Own Beating

Sent death threats to himself and other campus conservatives

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2007 4:07 AM CST

(Newser) – A Princeton student who claimed his views on morality and membership in a conservative organization triggered death threats against him and a beating has confessed that the threats and attack were self-delivered, the Daily Princetonian reports. Four others on campus, including a prominent conservative professor, were also threatened as part of the hoax. The 23-year-old junior admitted the ruse when police confronted him with inconsistencies in his story.

He had been treated for injuries he said occurred when mystery men in black repeatedly slammed his head against a brick wall. He may now face criminal charges. "I accept full responsibility for my actions and agree to face criminal and/or disciplinary proceedings," he said. A fellow conservative remarked: "I am deeply troubled about what this must mean about his personal life."

Nava's fellow Princeton students had different views on the affair. Some expressed pity for Nava and the repercussions he will now face, others derided his pathetic attempt to get attention.
Nava's fellow Princeton students had different views on the affair. Some expressed pity for Nava and the repercussions he will now face, others derided his "pathetic attempt to get attention."   (Flickr)
Francisco Nava had complained he was the victim of a harassment campaign after writing an article in the student paper criticizing free condom distribution. It has turned out the Nava himself was behind the campaign.
Francisco Nava had complained he was the victim of a harassment campaign after writing an article in the student paper criticizing free condom distribution. It has turned out the Nava himself was behind...   (Flickr)
The threatening e-mails to Francisco Nava and others on campus led to outrage from conservatives. Nava's now admitted he sent the e-mails himself.
The threatening e-mails to Francisco Nava and others on campus led to outrage from conservatives. Nava's now admitted he sent the e-mails himself.   (Flickr)
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