A suspect is in custody who allegedly posted racial threats to the University of Missouri campus on social media, the university said Wednesday. Hunter M. Park, 19, was arrested on suspicion of making a terrorist threat.
Twitter users circulated news of the threats quickly.
— clai noir. (@Jayveri) November 11, 2015
R. Bowen Loftin, the outgoing chancellor of the university system’s flagship campus in Columbia, tweeted, “Have apprehended suspect who used multiple accts to threaten @Mizzou students. He was never physically near campus.”
MUPD is aware of social media threats and has increased security. Call 911 immediately if you need help.
— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015
The University’s website also confirms the suspect is in police custody and was not located on or near the campus at the time of the threat.
— Alan Burdziak (@AlanBurdziak) November 11, 2015
Following the president of the University’s resignation over not addressing racism at the college, threats of violence towards black students has raised concerns.
The suspect used an anonymous username on the social media app Yik Yak to write that he would shoot every black person he sees. There were a lot of unconfirmed sightings of the Ku Klux Klan reported on Twitter from those tweeting from the University’s campus.
— shmaylani (@tayyshmayy) November 11, 2015
Others said people used racial slurs as they drove around campus, and a group of men walking with bandannas covering their faces yelled racial slurs at black students, USA Today reports.
And then there was this guy:
University police said Tuesday it confirmed that a “phoned-in threat” was made earlier in the day to the Black Culture Center on campus. The building was locked down and searched, but nothing suspicious was found and there were no arrests, police said, according to NBC.
Tension is high on the campus and obviously that’s a sound reaction considering that racism is rearing its ugly head in
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