ABC
Teresa Jue
September 23, 2014 AT 02:13 PM EDT

The tales of Miss America getting kicked out of her sorority for torturing pledges are not true, according to Miss America herself, Kira Kazantsev.

This morning, Kazantsev went on Good Morning America to clear up the allegations put forth by Jezebel yesterday that the Hofstra University graduate was kicked out of Alpha Phi in April 2013 for abusive hazing. Kazantsev told GMA that while she was involved in the culture of hazing in her sorority, she was actually dismissed for sending an inappropriate email that suggested the possibility of hazing.

“I was asked by a new member educator when I was a senior to reach out to the alumni base, to have an event of sorts.  In the e-mail, I basically made a joke and that was taken out of context and was forwarded to the national office,” Kazantsev explained to GMA’s Lara Spencer.

The joke? Kazantsev said that in the e-mail, she wrote that “we would make the evening scary for pledges.”

Kazantsev, who ran on a domestic-violence awareness platform in the Miss America pageant, told Spencer that she would address hazing as part of her campaign.

“It’s okay to make mistakes. That’s life,” Kazantsev said.

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