Rumors emerged on social media about members of the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan terrorizing black students.
Student body president Payton Head warned on Facebook that the KKK had been spotted on campus, demanding the administration cancel classes.
However, Head retracted his statement later, apologizing for spreading “misinformation”:
A Twitter user claims she had to escape a group of “white guys in a blue truck”:
There is a blue truck with white guys and there is no license plate on the truck they are circling around us— Hailey (@mariehaileyy) November 11, 2015
If you are black and on campus GO HOME there is a racist meeting in speaker circle they are threatening us saying dont come tmmrw— Hailey (@mariehaileyy) November 11, 2015
Someone even filmed the blue truck allegedly terrorizing the campus:
And a man shouting a racist rant:
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The social media posts, understandably, prompted worry and concern among students, with many discussing the situation on Twitter using the hashtag #PrayForMizzou.
When your school doesn't care about your safety so you have to find a friend's house to stay at for your safety. pic.twitter.com/f0rLuNnb5D— Jalen (@jalenmosby) November 11, 2015
I got on Twitter and had to check my calendar to make sure the year was 2015, not 1963. Sad, shameful,&sick world we live in #PrayForMizzou— Ryou Bakura (@HashBrownShawty) November 11, 2015
having the kkk on campus is literally considered a terrorist attack schools need to PROTECT their students over their name #PrayForMizzou— rein(dee)r (@deirdrelol) November 11, 2015
Police can bombard a peaceful protest and harass poc, but in this deathly situation, all they give is a WARNING? #PrayForMizzou— hanniya (@blckliquor) November 11, 2015
Following the emergence of troubling rumors, some classes have also been canceled:
Kids are scared and can't even go to school without being terrorized because of their skin color. This is disgusting #PrayForMizzou— lysh (@AlyssiaByrd13) November 11, 2015
Here is an email sent to finance students at Mizzou. Time stamp is 9pm pic.twitter.com/eo9Enikclo— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 11, 2015
University officials responded to the situation, urging students not to spread rumors:
University of Missouri campus police also acknowledged the threats, saying they had increased security.
MUPD is aware of social media threats and has increased security. Investigators are currently working the case.— MUPD (@MUPDpolice) November 11, 2015