The University of Missouri at Columbia announced Wednesday that police officers apprehended the person they believe made threats Tuesday via Yik Yak. “The suspect is in MUPD custody and was not located on or near the MU campus at the time of the threat,” said the alert from the university. Reports of online threats to kill black people at the university circulated widely Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. While the university has increased security on campus, the institution is operating on a normal schedule. Tensions at the university, where many black students say that they have experienced racist acts and a hostile environment, have run high amid protests that led to the ousters of the campus chancellor and system president. The university is encouraging people not to spread rumors and to report any security concerns.
Authorities identified the suspect as Hunter Park, 19, a sophomore at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and he was charged with making a terroristic threat.
Also charged Wednesday with making a terroristic threat on Yik Yak to kill black people was Connor B. Stottlemyre, a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Authorities said that this threat did not specifically mention the University of Missouri.