Fact Check: 'Otherkin' Are NOT Being Integrated In Kokomo High School -- The Fake Email Is From A Satirical Facebook Page

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: 'Otherkin' Are NOT Being Integrated In Kokomo High School -- The Fake Email Is From A Satirical Facebook Page Satirical Page

Did an email about "otherkin" -- nonhuman entities in human bodies -- being integrated into Kokomo High School get leaked to the public? No, that's not true: This email is fake and did not come from the school but from a Facebook page called The Kokomo Press. A representative for the school in Kokomo, Indiana told Lead Stories that an otherkin policy is not in place at there.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on April 26, 2022. It opened:

BREAKING: In a leaked email not intended for parents to see. Kokomo High school introduces 'Otherkin' policy. Allowing students that identify as animals to have special accommodations and certain privileges.
Sent from an anonymous source.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Apr 29 14:08:36 2022 UTC)

The email's subject line reads, "Re: OtherKin Policy." It continues, "Please DO NOT disseminate to parents ... Kokomo Schools would like to become more inclusive. Many of our students have felt marginalized and it has affected their ability to learn. We have GOT to do better."

Otherkin are individuals who identify as something other than human, on a non-physical level, according to the online culture publication The Daily Dot.

The fake email says the school will have litter boxes in bathrooms, otherkin will be given five more minutes in the hallways than human students to move on all fours, there will be a zero tolerance policy for "dead-species-ing," dietary needs will be assessed, and any otherkin that needs an owner will be given a student volunteer to "leash them and help."

The Kokomo Press is a satirical Facebook page, according to their About section. Kokomo High School is a real high school, where a representative told Lead Stories on April 29, 2022, that the otherkin policy was not a real policy at their school.

To determine if The Kokomo Press was affiliated with the city of Kokomo, Lead Stories called the Kokomo Mayor's Office on April 29, 2022. A representative told us, "No, they are their own separate entity that spreads fake news."

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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