University of Missouri police have arrested a person suspected to have posted anonymous threats of violence against black students on social media, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Mizzou police said the unidentified suspect had posted threats using the anonymous app Yik Yak and other social media, and was not on or near campus at the time of the threat, according to the Times.
“I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” one message posted on Tuesday evening read.
University chancellor R. Bowen Loftin confirmed the suspect had been apprehended Wednesday morning.
— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015
Racial tensions on the Columbia, Missouri, campus have been accelerating since September, when an African-American student was targeted with racial slurs. Loftin and Mizzou president Tim Wolfe both resigned on Monday following claims they did little to alleviate fear and racism on campus.
Following the threats on campus last night, the Mizzou police tweeted out a message saying that they had increased security on campus.
MUPD is aware of social media threats and has increased security. Investigators are currently working the case.
— MUPD (@MUPDpolice) November 11, 2015
Some classes appeared to have been canceled last night due to threats.
Here is an email sent to finance students at Mizzou. Time stamp is 9pm pic.twitter.com/eo9Enikclo
— Ashley Zavala KRCG (@ZavalaA) November 11, 2015
For now, it appears classes will continue as usual though there will be continued increased security.