Halley Bass, a University of Michigan 21-year-old student admitted to making a falsified claim of a white assailant using a safety pin to cut up her face. Upon becoming alarmingly paranoid from participating in her women’s-literature classroom discussion, she used a pin to apply slashes to her own face.
“I had been in a discussion in my women’s lit weirdly, and there were a few people in my class [who] sort of said some things that scared me,” Bass explained. Apparently, she was “suffering from depression at the time.”
Before coming forward, Bass “claimed her attack was part of the surge in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump a week earlier,” according to a report. Upon her fabricated incident, Bass told authorities she believed her attack was due to a safety-pin on her persons. (…have to watch out for those anti-safety-pin people.)
“The significance of the safety pins is that…to sort of like to show a solidarity with immigrants who feel threatened by Brexit. Um…but now it’s…for people who feel threatened by president elect, Trump’s his name… Um, so it was, it was to show, yeah, solidarity with the people like we show your fear, and we want to help you get through it,” police officers quoted her. (Yeah, we hear you, Halley. Sure, sure.)
In Michigan, this and similar false claims entail a little over three months in jail, a $500 fine or a combination of the two. However, Bass’s attorneys are pushing for her to be tried in mental-health court—re: she was depressed when fabricating the misdemeanor.