A day after protests brought down two University of Missouri officials, reports of racially charged threats permeated social media — as well as a rumor the Ku Klux Klan had arrived on campus.
University police said they investigated and determined the reports Tuesday night were false. But the rumors had already spread far and wide.
“I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” a widely shared Yik Yak post said.
Another post contained a veiled threat.
“Some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow,” the post said.
On Wednesday, the school announced on its website that “University of Missouri police have apprehended the suspect who posted threats to campus on YikYak and other social media.” This suspect was not on or near the Columbia campus when taken into custody.
“Safety is the university’s top priority, and we are working hard to assure that the campus remains safe while information is obtained and confirmed,” the school said, adding that the university is “operating on a regular schedule.”
Even before this announcement, campus police had insisted there was no imminent danger.
“Students need to be aware of what is going on, but right now there is no active threat on campus,” police spokesman Maj. Brian Weimer said.
“The campus is not on lockdown. There is heightened awareness due to the national attention we are getting, but again the reports you are seeing on social media are largely inaccurate.”
Words: via cnn.com