A Teenager Just Got Arrested for Allegedly Threatening to Shoot Black People at the University of Missouri
Cops say 19-year-old Hunter Park wrote he would "shoot every black person I see" on the anonymous messaging app YikYak.
Around 2 AM on Wednesday, University of Missouri police arrested a teenager they say made threats against black students and staff on the social media app YikYak, which allows users to post and view discussions anonymously, the Associated Press reports. The suspect, who has been identified as 19-year-old Hunter Park, allegedly threatened to come to campus and "stand my ground ... and shoot every black person I see."
Another threat—possibly made by a third party—intoned, "Some of you are alright. Don't go to campus tomorrow."
Park was arrested in Rolla, Missouri, some two hours from the University's flagship campus in Columbia, on suspicion of making a terrorist threat. He is not a student at the University, and officials are suggesting there is currently no threat to the campus or its residents.
It's been an intense few weeks at the the school, often called Mizzou, with racial tension and protests bubbling over widespread concerns about on-campus discrimination. A threatened strike by the football team after an actual hunger strike by a student ultimately forced the resignation of the university system's President Tim Wolfe and the promised exit of Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin earlier this week. The news seemed like victory for activists, and resulted in a raucous celebration.
At least one Missouri resident was apparently less than pleased.