Just one day after the resignations of both the president and school chancellor following protests against racial injustices on campus, verbal and social media threats have been made towards University of Missouri students.
According to NBC News, the threats began Tuesday evening when student body president Payton Head claimed members of the Ku Klux Klan were seen on campus. He quickly recanted his statement after sending students into a panic. MUPD Maj. Brian Weimer denied the KKK were on the premises and Head apologized for spreading the rumor.
However, University police then reported a phoned-in threat made to the Black Culture Center on Tuesday. The building remained on temporary lockdown, but was later cleared. In a separate incident, one suspect was apprehended by police after reportedly making threats to the school on social media.
The threats allegedly mirrored the words of Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper-Mercer,Gawker reports. The suspect wrote on the app Yip Yak, “Some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow, tomorrow mizzou will really make national news.”