What not to do when trying to win that WSA position:
Brandi Freeman, a candidate for Southern Oregon University student body president, admitted to lying about having a cousin who was killed in the school shooting that left 33 people dead at Virginia Tech.
With tears streaming down her face, Freeman spoke at an SOU vigil on Thursday about losing a relative in the massacre. The person she said was her cousin, Kayla Grow, was not killed in Blacksburg, Virginia this week. Nor was anyone by that name injured in the school shooting.
On Friday afternoon, she admitted to making up the story to appeal to voters for the student body election next week. She also said she suffers from bi-polar disorder.
“Sometimes I make poor decisions and lie to cover up things and make myself look like a better person,” she said on Friday afternoon. “I thought by making [the tragedy] personal I could get extra votes from people who were around.”
Before admitting to making up the story, she said her cousin was under an assumed name because she was a member of the federal witness protection program. She later admitted this also wasn’t true.