A 19-year-old University of Hawaii student lied when she told police and the media that she was attacked at knifepoint in the bathroom of the Geology Building Tuesday.
“We are trying to unweave this wicked web of hers that spiraled out of control,” the student’s mother said Saturday.
A police detective who met with the student Friday “figured out something was not right,” the student’s mother said. He had the student call her mother in Ewa Beach to confess to lying. False reporting charges won’t be filed against the student, her mother said.
“I was pleasantly surprised at how much empathy the detective had, even when he got her to tell the truth,” the student’s mother said.
She expressed remorse to BIC and the media as a whole, to police, to campus security, and to university officials who she hounded for not being more swift about putting out an alert to other students about the alleged attack. University officials issued an email alert a couple of days after the false report was made.
“I’m sorry, I want to make amends,” the student told BIC. “I didn’t know how big it was going to get.”
at first, the student told BIC she made up the story to try to bring attention to the fact that a friend of hers was attacked in the Soren’s last month. But when pressed for details on that case, and any similarities to the story she concocted, she waffled. She said the description of her non-existent attacker bore no resemblance to her friend’s attacker. “It was totally made up.”
The student told BIC she made up the story about the attack when she was on the phone with her mother who was getting on her case about something she did this summer that she had kept secret but her mother was beginning to uncover.
“I honestly believe it was a diversion to what was going on in her personal life,” the student’s mother said.
As a result of the student’s false report, I university officials have scheduled a student forum on Monday to discuss campus safety and security. Police are expected to issue a express release on the false report Monday, according to the student’s mother.