(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — The University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) has apprehended a suspect who posted threats to the campus on social media.
The threats allegedly said, “I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see” and “Well tomorrow mizzou will really make national news. Don’t go to campus tomorrow,” according to police.
Police have confirmed that the person in custody was not located on or near the University of Missouri campus at the time of the threats and the university is operating on a regular schedule.
There were also reports that members of the KKK were on campus and at least two campus buildings were locked down — including the Black Culture Center.
Several hours later, university officials gave the all-clear, confirming there was “no immediate threat.”
This incident comes just a day after racial tensions reached a boiling point, forcing the university’s president, Tim Wolfe, to resign over the handling of what students called “institutional racism” on campus.
Melissa Click, an assistant professor at Missouri’s School of Journalism, has also resigned after she was caught yelling at a student photographer during a rally celebrating Wolfe’s resignation.
Click released a statement Tuesday apologizing for her actions.
“I have reached out to the journalists involved to offer my sincerest apologies,” Click said in the statement. “My actions were shaped by exasperation with a few spirited reporters. From this experience I have learned about humanity and humility.”
Tim Tai, the student photographer, was on a freelance assignment for ESPN when he was blocked from taking pictures of hordes of students.
David Kurpius, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, announced that Click had resigned on his Twitter page.
“While the J-School faculty were meeting, Dr. Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment with the school,” he wrote.
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