A Civic Project story
By Paige Johnson, Terra Neary and Angie Prencipe
INDIANA — On Feb. 10, Taylor Allison, 25, a licensed funeral director in Indiana, tweeted screenshots of a series of messages from an Indiana University of Pennsylvania fraternity member. His messages insulted her weight, appearance and intelligence.
He called her a “cow,” a “heffer” (sic) and said she was “not only fat and ugly, but also a dumbass,” according to the screenshots supplied by Allison on her Twitter account.
The screenshots went viral on Twitter and gained more than 40,000 retweets within 24 hours. Hundreds replied, some supporting Allison, others supporting the frat member, IUP history major Steven M. Pedersen. He had messaged Allison on the dating app Tinder after the app indicated they were a match — they were interested in each other.
Allison later changed her Twitter username and made her account private. She was messaged on Twitter via direct message and responded April 24, but she declined comment on the incident.