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UNC student charged with falsely reporting hate crime

Posted April 21, 2011

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student has been cited for falsely claiming that he was assaulted in a hate crime, university police said Wednesday.

Quinn Matney, 19, of Asheville, was cited last Friday with misdemeanor filing a false police report. He was released and scheduled to appear in court in Hillsborough on May 16.

Matney, a freshman, told authorities that on April 5, a strange man walked up to him near a foot bridge on campus, called him a derogatory name, told him "here is a taste of hell," and held a heated object to his skin for several seconds, burning him.

His father, David, said Matney was too embarrassed to say that the wound was self-inflicted, so he made up a story to tell his friends, who urged him to report a hate crime.

Matney admitted that the story was untrue during a meeting with UNC's public safety department last week, his father said. He returned to Asheville and has sought counseling.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 21, 2011

    “Everyone bought [this guy’s story] because it was very believable that some religious wacko hated a homosexual enough to do this to him.” -- Evolve

    Thank you, @Evolve. You said this more clearly and succinctly than I could. I got too hung up on trying to teach a lesson here...by providing the specific passages that these people often use to justify their hateful thoughts and actions.

  • runinlat Apr 21, 2011

    he needs counseling

  • Evolve Apr 21, 2011

    " I wonder why he thought it would be a believable story anyway? Hmmmmm....."

    Oh please, you should have read the comments in the dailytarheel. People were so emotionally involved with the thought of a hate crime against a gay person that they jumped in head and feet and believed it 100%. They were so emotionally into it that it blinded them from using their brain and common sense to see the very obvious red flags.

    Common Sense man- You just validated my comment. Everyone bought it hook line and sinker because it was very believable that some religious wacko hated a homosexual enough to do this to him.

  • Evolve Apr 21, 2011

    Did anybody read the story!!!???!?! Again, there was no hate crime. A hate crime has to involve HATE! He did this to avoid embarrassment. It all has to do with motive. What part is everyone not understanding?

  • lec0257 Apr 21, 2011

    Hopefully they will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law, just as they were going to do to the ficticious person he reported.

  • Thought Criminal WS Apr 21, 2011

    What he did was cry wolf. The end of that story someone *really* gets hurt, case in point is Crystal Mangum and the harm done to the Duke LaCrosse players' futures.

    I agree we should give him leniency, understanding, and show tolerance - the same level he showed towards EVERY straight male and NON-alternative lifestyle.

    A hate crime *has* been committed, and he should be charged with such.

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 21, 2011

    Because he claimed a hate crime was committed against him, because the claim was false, could his charge of filing a false police report be upped by adding onto it a hate crime charge?

    Just wondering?

  • ginaosbo Apr 21, 2011

    "Aren't all crimes, hate crimes? Why do some victims get special treatment over other victims?"

    Ahh, but see, he was special. He was the cause, looking to be the victim! In those cases, like Crystal Meth Mangum, you do get special treatment.

  • Keyboard Toughy Apr 21, 2011

    WOW!!! Some of the same posters here making comments about how his story was so obviously untrue or a lie, are the same ones last week who were calling for the swift justice on his attacker. Also, blaming UNC, Campus Police, and Chapel Hill Police for not arresting anyone or investigating this case because the victim is gay.

  • GoBlue Apr 21, 2011

    Aren't all crimes, hate crimes? Why do some victims get special treatment over other victims?