Lt Gen Jay Silveria was quick to react in September to allegations of racism at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The controversy? A racial slur scrawled on a message board outside the dorm room of an African-American student at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School. The story went viral last month after the academy’s superintendent gave a rousing speech about “the power of diversity.”
Silveria scolded 1,500 students and staff in a video posted online. The incident quickly went viral, drawing praise from former Vice-President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain.
That story, as it turns out, was a hoax. An investigation by the academy found that one of the African-American cadets who reported the message wrote it himself.
A U.S. Air Force official said the student left the school this week, but did not specify whether he withdrew or was expelled. The student’s name was not released. Continue reading