A Chicago college student says she has received emails and notes taped to her door containing harassing, threatening language and mentions of President Elect Donald Trump.
Taylor Volk says she is openly bisexual—and last week the North Park University senior from DeKalb was singled out by a hateful note she found taped to her door Friday morning. The note reads “Back to hell,” and “#Trump” along with homophobic slurs. Volk also said she’s received two anonymous emails saying similar things—so she went public with it on her Facebook page.
“This is a countrywide epidemic all of a sudden,” Volk said.
She says she’s confident North Park is investigating, although the school would not comment directly on the matter to NBC 5. The university’s marketing director, Chris Childers, said in a phone interview “any incident that is reported to North Park is taken extremely seriously.”
A Chicago Police official said Monday they could not find any report about the incident.
North Park's campus is located in the city's Albany Park neighborhood, noted for its diversity as an immigrant gateway community, on the city's Northwest Side.
Kelsey Stevens, a North Park senior, said the hateful notes are alarming.
“The fact that somebody reached out to do this to her specifically is shocking,” she said. “I think those who have those feelings have been emboldened by this election.”
Trump, when recently pressed on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” told supporters reportedly spouting hatred in his name to “stop it.”
“My hope is that this election cycle is not indicative of what’s to come in the next four years,” Volk said, before acknowledging the community at North Park is “astounding” for the support she’s received in the wake of the threats.
As for who’s behind the nasty notes?
“I just want them to stop,” Volk said.