MU looking into threat against Black Culture Center

Dec 4, 2014

The University of Missouri is investigating a threat made on the anonymous social network site YikYak against the on-campus Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. 

The threat was made Tuesday after a peaceful rally for Michael Brown and minority killings by police officers. 

The post said, “Let's burn down the black culture center & give them a taste of their own medicine.”  

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement saying, “These statements have a chilling effect on discussion that is intended to improve our campus climate and ensure freedom of expression for all students in a safe and inclusive environment.”

He also said the university has sought assistance from federal law enforcement agencies in investigating the threats. 

University spokesperson Christian Basi said it’s challenging to know how to deal with apps like YikYak. “Applications like that are problematic for our communities because the anonymous nature precludes holding individuals accountable for hate filled statements and threats and that is contrary to our educational goals,” Basi Said

The MU Police Department had been monitoring the situation since it was made aware of the threat, and has increased patrols around the center.