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Anonymous Twitter user comes forward


Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 08:02

Brockport Student Government (BSG) Vice President Brian Witmer has been cleared of charges involving a threatening tweet directed at Stylus Editor-in-chief Cassandra Negley. An unknown person came forward Wednesday, Feb. 20 to take responsibility for the anonymous account that posted the tweet.

The identity of the person is protected by Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Negley was not told who the person is, but an apology letter signed “Sole owner and operator of @LedoggyReptar” was passed on to her by Student Conduct Coordinator Anna Barone.

The tweet, which was from an anonymous account impersonating Witmer’s dog, was posted Wednesday, Feb. 13. The tweet suggested someone “break negleys [sic] fingers.”

Despite Witmer’s assertion he was not responsible for the tweet, Student Conduct ruled he would be held accountable for the threat if the person responsible for the account did not come forward or was not found.

After the person responsible for the account came forward, Witmer wrote in his blog he did not tweet any threats and someone has “answered for their sin.”

“The right person manned up and answered for what they did,” Witmer wrote in an email. “The whole situation was beyond ridiculous and I’m glad its over. I had literally nothing to do with this, as I initially told Cassie [Negley].”

Barone did not make herself available for comment to The Stylus.

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