Michigan police have arrested a suspect who allegedly sent threats aimed at black students at Michigan Technological University on Yik Yak.
The unidentified suspect is scheduled to appear at the Houghton County Circuit Court, in the Upper Peninsula, on Friday morning, a Michigan Tech spokesperson told Reuters.
The Yik Yak messages were discovered in the afternoon Thursday, according to Reuters. The school immediately ratcheted up its police presence and made counseling services available to students, according to WZZM, a Michigan ABC affiliate. The station notes that Yik Yak assisted with the investigation. The suspect was arrested late Thursday night and taken to the Houghton jail to await their hearing.
“It’s important to remember that we are a community and will not tolerate threats to any member of our family,” Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz said in a statement. “It’s time we watch out for one another.”
The arrest is part of a continuing trend that has seen several students arrested or under investigation for making racial threats on college campuses across the country this week. Earlier, several white students in the University of Missouri system were arrested for making online threats, including on Yik Yak, toward the members of the ongoing Concerned Student 1950 protest. The FBI and Washington D.C.'s Metropolitan police are investigating similar threats that were directed toward students at Howard University, a HBCU.
Marist University in New York was put on lockdown early Friday after threats of a campus shooting were found. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. police announced, however, that those threats were not racially motivated. Fordham University, also in New York, is investigating graffiti of a swastika and White supremacist language placed in the restroom of a campus bathroom.
Michigan Tech is a state school with an enrollment of over 7,000, around seven percent of whom are black, according to a school spokesperson.
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