A day after protests brought down two University of Missouri officials, reports of racially charged threats permeated social media — as well as a rumor the Ku Klux Klan had arrived on campus.
University police said they investigated and determined the reports Tuesday night were false. But the rumors had already spread far and wide.
“I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” a widely shared Yik Yak post said.
Another post contained a veiled threat.
“Some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow,” the post said.
Yik Yak is a social media app that allows users to share anonymous messages, or Yaks, with others in a 5-mile radius. However, the man police say they arrested early Wednesday for posting threats on Yik Yak and other social media — Hunter M. Park, 19 — was “contacted” in Rolla, more than 90 miles south of Columbia.
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