The issues surrounding Quinn Matney’s false report of a hate crime have not necessarily put the UNC freshman above the law.
But on Thursday, members of the community came together to take part in a public discourse on hate crimes at UNC, providing a clear indication that Matney’s case warranted a campuswide conversation.
Gathering inside Gardner Hall, members of the community sympathized with Matney’s motivation to cover up an act of self-mutilation. And they worked to make sure others like him don’t feel marginalized.
“I think there’s tremendous stigma around mental health issues in our community,” said Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs. “It is disturbing and sad whenever a person feels like they have to hide.”
Matney’s father, David Matney III, said Wednesday that his son’s burns were self-inflicted. He said Matney reported the incident as a hate crime because he was embarrassed to admit he had hurt himself.