Since the resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe, tensions on the campus have seemingly increased. Students are reporting that race-fueled death threats have been issued, igniting the #PrayForMizzou hashtag across social media.
Since Tuesday evening (Nov. 10) onto this morning, the Mizzou campus is under duress as unconfirmed reports of students being threatened by unknown assailants and rumors that the Ku Klux Klan was on campus grounds. Adding to the tensions at Mizzou, an unknown suspect was arrested for threatening to shoot Black students.
On Facebook, student body president Payton Head warned that the KKK had been spotted on campus, advising students to stay away from the windows in residential halls. The student government demanded that the administration cancel classes.
“There’s absolutely nothing to indicate that [the KKK is on campus],” MUPD Maj. Brian Weimer told The Maneater. Head subsequently retracted his earlier claims.
“Some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow,” someone wrote on the anonymous app Yik Yak. “Tomorrow mizzou will really make national news.”
(The first part of this message would appear to be a reference to Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper-Mercer, who is believed to have written a similar message on the 4chan message board /r9k/: “Some of you guys are alright, don’t go to school tomorrow.”)
Head later backtracked on his claims via Facebook, stating that he spoke out of turn.
The person who made the online threat on Yik Yak was arrested earlier today. The suspect anonymously wrote, “I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see.”
This wasn’t the only threat the individual made according to a report from Raw Story. The suspect was not located on or near the University of Missouri.
Follow the conversation via the #PrayForMizzou hashtag.