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University Of Missouri Police Make Arrests In Online Threats

University of Missouri police arrested two suspects in connection with anonymous, racially charged threats made online.
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Authorities have arrested two suspects in connection to anonymous, racially charged threats made online, believed to be directed at University of Missouri students. 

On Wednesday, police announced the arrest of Northwest Missouri State University student Connor B. Stottlemyre. 

Police say Stottlemyre is accused of threatening to "shoot any black people tomorrow, so be ready" on anonymous social media app Yik Yak. 

Earlier in the day, police announced the arrest of 19-year-old Hunter M. Park in Rolla, Missouri, located about 90 miles south of the Mizzou campus, for allegedly posting threats on Yik Yak. It's unclear which threat or threats Park is accused of making.

Park is not an MU student and was arrested in a residence hall in Rolla, although police did not specify where the arrest occurred.

Police said the suspect wasn't "on or near the MU campus at the time of the threat."

Thankfully, students at the University of Missouri woke up to a calmer campus Wednesday morning after a night filled with threats, false reports and more.

Social media in Columbia, Missouri, flipped out late Tuesday with reports of threatening incidents — some true and some false — happening on campus.

It was enough for some professors to cancel classes, although a campus-wide cancellation was never implemented.

But by Wednesday morning, there were no official reports of violence on campus

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom! It is our duty to win," Mizzou student protesters chanted.

Tensions remain high at Mizzou after a group of black student protesters ousted UM Systems President Tim Wolfe over what they say was a failure for him to respond adequately to a string of racist incidents on campus. 

"The response to this announcement, I'm sure, ranges from joy for some to anger to others and that's why we're here today," former UM System President Tim Wolfe said

Wolfe stepped down as president on Monday, and school chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is transitioning away from his position.

This video includes images from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Getty Images and KOMUnews / CC 2.0.

Newsy is affiliated with the University of Missouri. 

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