On February 13, a gunman shot and killed 3 people on the MSU campus and injured 5. In the aftermath of the shooting, the MSU community came together in support. “Unscrupulous companies” are accused of selling unlicensed MSU items, possibly under the guise of donations. Something is loading.
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Michigan State University is still reeling from a mass shooting on campus last month, and the university is warning the community about scam artists profiting from the tragedy.
Lisa Parker, senior director of alumni engagement at MSU, blamed ‘trauma contractors’ in a tweet claiming a photo of two of her friends had been altered to look like they were wearing sweatshirts “Always a Spartan” t-shirt.
—Lisa Parker (@MSULisaP) February 20, 2023
In his tweet, Parker urged users not to buy the sweatshirt because it wasn’t the design his friends were actually wearing in the photo, which was taken during MSU’s “Spirit Sunday” when the university came together for emotional support after the shooting that left several people dead.
“They were NOT wearing this sweatshirt. Company edited photo,” Parker wrote.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the original sweatshirt design was by MSU Donor Recognition Coordinator Andersen Herminia Boyer, who made sweatshirts for herself and other members of her donor group. old students. But the edited photo was used to sell another design.
Although no design has been authorized by MSU for sale, Detroit Free Press reported that the trademark promoting the edited design is “Love MSU”, and her Facebook profile picture was reportedly changed to a survivor of the shooting. of Oxford High School Emma Riddle following the tragedy at MSU.
—Detroit Spartans (@DetroitSpartans) February 20, 2023
“It’s unconscionable. It’s like soulless. I don’t understand how anyone can live with themselves enjoying the death of three children, hurting so many others and the ripple effects on their families “, Boyer said, according to the local publication.
Boyer’s design is not currently for sale, but a group of MSU alumni have told their followers that they are working with the university to make the sweatshirt available for purchase.
In a Feb. 21 statement, MSU warned its community about potential scammers selling merchandise under the guise of donating to the school’s “Spartan Strong Fund.” The university has also provided a list of approved vendors; Love MSU was not one of them.
“Unscrupulous companies and individuals have engaged in the sale of unlicensed clothing and other merchandise. The university cannot verify that proceeds from the sale of these unlicensed products will be donated to the Spartan Strong Fund,” the university said in a statement, according to CBS News.
Michigan police have identified Anthony McRae, 43, as the suspect responsible for fatally shooting three people and injuring five others before killing himself Feb. 13 on the MSU campus.