Amid the ongoing student protests at the University of Missouri, students from historically Black colleges and universities have banded together with Black students at Mizzou and across the country in solidarity of their cause. Now, students at the renowned Howard University in Washington, D.C., have received death threats for their support, the Washington City Paper reports.
Spreading early on Thursday via social media, students first became alerted of the threat posted on a comment board by an anonymous user. “Seriously America why are we still putting up with this sh**,” the user began. “I mean we might as well bend over and let the n***** f*** us right in the a**,” he protested.
The post (below) quickly made its way from the Web to Howard University officials, prompting university president Wayne Frederick to send an e-mail to the student body. In it, he assures the students that the university is aware and taking action in regards to the threat. The university is “working with campus, local, and federal law enforcement on this matter,” he states.
Security has been increased on the campus as well as by nearby Metro stations.
Yet students at the university still expressed concerns regarding the threats. One user tweeted, “Howard University needs to be closed today. You have to take proper safety precautions before something tragic happens.”
The anonymous threat advised that any Howard University student left on the campus after 10 would “be the first to go.”
Though it is unclear whether the user meant 10 a.m. or 10 p.m., some members of the Howard University community are taking such threats very seriously, while others are still holding class.
One Twitter user posted a response from a professor at the university who claims she heard first hand from the Dean that such threats were in fact not real and that class would still be in session. However, she isn’t penalizing students for not showing up.
The FBI’s Washington Field office would like to see the threat before commenting.
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