Student kicked out of UW-Parkside for racial slur speaks out

Student kicked out of UW-Parkside for racial slur speaks out

By Keller Russell. CREATED Mar 20, 2012

KENOSHA- Three students were kicked out of school after several racial threats were found on campus.

Now the Kenosha County Sheriff is recommending criminal charges against two of those students.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell talked with one of those students tonight.

Detectives investigated seven separate threats including a noose, a death list, and racial slurs. Tuesday, one woman told Keller Russell, she made a racial threat and she admits it was terrible mistake.

"I am a good person, it just happened out of fear," said Janet Upmann

Janet Upmann says she wrote the words "die n*****" on a white board in Ranger Hall at UW-Parkside.

The 22-year-old nursing student says she turned herself in.  And, she says she's learned a hard lesson about controlling her emotions.

"I said something that I didn't mean, to get attention," said Upmann.

Upmann claims she overreacted after hearing about a death list and a noose found on campus.  She may be charged with disorderly conduct.

Investigators say Khalilah Ford, a junior at Parkside, admitted to making the "death list".  She put her own name on the list to throw off police.
Ford may also face charges.

Upmann tells TODAY'S TMJ4 she did not know Ford and they did not collaborate.

Upmann insists her actions were a lapse in judgment and she's getting therapy.

"I call it a mistake.  I call it a misunderstanding. I call it a wake-up call for myself," said Upmann.

Both Ford and Upmann have been kicked out of school.  Upmann hopes she can return when her suspension is up in the spring of 2013.

"I want to go back to school," said Upmann.