Student who said fire started next to her dorm room was hate crime started the fire herself

Student who said fire started next to her dorm room was hate crime started the fire herself
Image: Victoria Unanka

Maybe these race hoaxes should be known informally as “Smollets,” after the most famous and persistent perpetrator of such crimes.

Among the latest rash of incidents in which a coed cried “race” occurred at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisc. Victoria Unanka, a black student enrolled there, texted a friend the night of Apr. 18 to report that a small fire that had begun in her residence hall must have been targeted at her because it started next to her room.

According to the Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow:

The La Crosse Fired Department arrived on campus around 2:30 a.m. on April 18, where a fire had been reported at Marian Hall in the second-floor lounge. The fire was easily put out with a fire extinguisher, though the fired department said there was a “fair amount” of smoke damage and that ventilation was required. The department also reported minor damage to a wall and a bit of carpet. The fire was small enough not to trigger the sprinkler system.

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Unanka allegedly told police she had been with her friends the night of the fire and returned home around midnight, at which time she made some food and went to the lounge to wash her hands. She said she didn’t go anywhere else in the residence hall before returning to her room. She also told police she didn’t see anything suspicious prior to the fire. Once the alarm went off, she said she and a friend knocked on doors to get other students out of the building.

But when police reviewed security footage of the residence hall, they determined that it was Unanka herself who set the fire. She was arrested on charges of arson but released on a signature bond.

In spite of the evidence, the school released a statement in which they maintained that “this is a complex situation that involves a series of concerning incidents. We continue to investigate the incidents earlier in the semester and any potential link between them and this fire.”

LU Staff

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