Police at the University of Missouri have arrested a suspect who posted threats to the campus in the wake of student protests over racially charged incidents at the school, according to campus information released Wednesday.
The unidentified suspect allegedly posted threats on YikYak and other social media , but was reported in police custody early Wednesday. R. Bowen Loftin, the outgoing chancellor of the university’s Columbia, Mo., campus said in a Twitter message that the suspect was not near the campus when taken into custody.
— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015
The nature of the threats was unclear, but students reported accounts of hate groups sending out threats to students and campus police confirmed Tuesday that a threat was phoned in to the campus Black Culture Center. No suspicious items were found, police say.
The arrest comes as the latest in a series of happenings on the campus stemming from the protests including the resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe, who stepped down after a student went on a hunger strike and the football team refused to participate in athletic activities until Wolfe resigned.
Just hours later, Loftin said he would also step down and move to another job within the university system.
On Tuesday, the university announced that Chuck Henson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Trial Practice in the MU School of Law had been named Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.