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No bond for suspect in MU terror threat

A judge has ruled that Hunter Park poses a danger to the community, and Park remains without bond after his motion for bond reduction was denied Thursday.



Boone County prosecutors have charged Park with making a terroristic threat. He was arraigned Thursday afternoon. The threats showed up Tuesday on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak and other social media.



A university police officer wrote in a probable cause statement that Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted early Wednesday in his Rolla college dorm room. He says Park told him he was quoting part of an online threat that appeared ahead of last month’s Oregon college shooting involving a gunman who killed nine people and himself.


In addition to the posts mimicking the Oregon shooting, Park also admitted to posting a threat to “stand my ground and shoot every black person I see.”





Park “claimed he had no idea why he specifically targeted black students in his post,” according to the probable cause statement.




(Earlier story)


Prosecutors are requesting no bond for the person who allegedly posted a social media threat at Mizzou.


Hunter M. Park, 19, was arrested at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday in Rolla. MUPD says he’s accused of making a terrorist threat.


Missouri University of Science and Technology confirms he is a student there. He was arrested in a dorm on the Rolla campus. No weapons were found.


Boone Co. Jail records show he’s a white male from Lake St. Louis. He’s still in that jail as of Thursday morning.


MUPD says Wednesday morning the suspect was arrested off campus, and is now in custody.


MU Alert posted earlier Tuesday night that “MUPD is aware of social media threats and has increased security. Call 911 immediately if you need help.”


Messages posted on social media app Yik Yak Tuesday night mirrored postings that drew notoriety after a mass shooting on an Oregon college’s campus last month:




Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who announced Monday he’d be transitioning to a new role at the end of the year, posted on Twitter that “MUPD is aware of social media threats and has increased security. Call 911 immediately if you need help.”


MUPD Major Brian Weimer said there is no active threat on campus. A student was reportedly yelling at black students in speaker’s circle, but Weimer said the individual involved walked away with a friend after police showed up.





MSA members also urged the school to cancel classes Wednesday.






MU grad student and activist Jonathan Butler, whose hunger strike led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe on Monday, tweeted “Death threats are being made to Black students and NO ADMINISTRATORS are responding effectively.”



MU Alert responded to Butler, saying “There are no credible threats to campus MUPD and campus officials are on the scene.”


(This story was last updated at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday.)

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