US police arrest two white students after racist threats

Missouri police arrest two white college students over racial death threats on social media

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Hunter Park [left] and Connor Stottlemyre [right], white males arrested of making racist death threats on social media in Missouri

Missouri police arrested two white college students for posting online death threats against black students on Wednesday.

Hunter M. Park, a 19 year old sophomore student at Missouri University of Science and Technology was arrested at around 2 am local time on Wednesday morning.

"I'm going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see," was among the threats he is suspected of posting.

"Some of you are alright. Don't go to campus tomorrow," and "We're waiting for you at the parking lots. We will kill you," are the other anonymous posts written late on Tuesday he is suspected of.

Connor Stottlemyre, a student of Northwest Missouri State University, was also arrested on early Wednesday afternoon, a jail official said.

Tim Wolfe, the university president, and R. Bowen Loftin, chancellor of a campus in Columbia, resigned on Monday after the protests which started with black students asserting that they had been discriminated against.

Cheryl Schrader, Chancellor of Science and Technology, said they “will take every threat seriously and act on them appropriately to protect our campus community."

Park’s family couldn’t be reached for comments.

His arraignment for the court is set for Thursday afternoon and no attorney is listed according to jail records.

#PrayForMizzou and #BlackOnCampus

Hashtags #PrayForMizzou and #BlackOnCampus became trend topics in the US on Wednesday.

Many people shared the anonymous threat on YikYak. Many also shared pictures of KKK members on the campus.

The school didn’t cancel classes but some professors canceled and some others let their students free to join their classes on Wednesday.


TRTWorld and agencies