Government & Politics

University of Missouri police arrest suspect who made online threats

University of Missouri police say they have a suspect in custody who allegedly posted social media threats Tuesday night.

Just a day after the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, and chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, were forced to resign after weeks of protests over racial problems at the MU campus in Columbia, rumors began flying on social media of death threats, Ku Klux Klan sightings and acts of aggression against black students.

Most of the rumors remain unsubstantiated, but fear permeated the campus. One of the posts on the social media site Yik Yak apparently read, “I'm going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see.”

Payton Head, president of the Missouri Students Association, apologized on Facebook for spreading rumors that the Klan had been spotted on campus, noting that “the last thing needed is to incite more fear in the hearts of our community.”

University police tweeted early this morning that the suspect who was making threats “was not located on or near campus at the time of the threat.”

The school’s online emergency information center website noted this morning that the school was “operating on regular schedule.” It tweeted last night that “there is no immediate threat to campus.”