Second Missouri Student Arrested for Alleged Racist Threats as #BlackOnCampus Hashtag Rises on Twitter
Connor Stottlemyre, 19, was arrested for allegedly making racist threats on the social media app Yik Yak
A Northwest Missouri State University student has been arrested on suspicion of making racist threats against the campus’ African-American students, PEOPLE has learned.
University police arrested 19-year-old Connor Stottlemyre at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday at his resident hall, university spokesperson Mark Hornickel says.
According to a news release obtained by PEOPLE, Stottlemyre is suspected of making the threats on the social media app Yik Yak.
The threatening message allegedly posted by Stottlemyre read: “I’m gonna shoot any black people tomorrow so be ready.”
The arrest came just hours after another Missouri student, Hunter Park, was taken into custody for allegedly making online threats as well.
“Although similar in nature, we have no indication that the threats are related or that they know each other,” Hornickel tells PEOPLE. “We believe they are separate incidents.
Police at the Northwest campus said they received a report of the alleged threat and immediately began to investigate.
“University police issued an email notice to students and employees at about 8:30 a.m. today, notifying the campus community of the threats and investigation,” the release states.
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The uproar over on-campus relations has quickly spread to other campuses across the country and led to the #BlackOnCampus hashtag on Twitter.