University of Missouri police have have arrested a suspect accused of making online threats against black students and faculty over social media. The threats are the latest in a series of racial incidents to affect the campus.
The arrest came after several threats were posted on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak. In one post on Tuesday, a user threatened to “shoot every black person I see.” Another warned people to not go to campus on Wednesday, saying “some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow,” reports CBS.
The post was quickly shared across the internet.
Police have not released the name of the suspect who was arrested, and it was not immediately clear which specific threats had been linked to the suspect.
“University of Missouri Police have apprehended the suspect who posted threats to campus on YikYak and other social media,” read a statement posted on the University of Missouri’s emergency alert website. “The suspect is in MUPD custody and was not located on or near the MU campus at the time of the threat.”
A protest campsite on campus was taken down overnight in light of the threats.