Student arrested for social media threats

Early this morning the University of Missouri-Columbia Police Department in cooperation with the Missouri University of Science and Technology Police Department arrested Hunter M. Park, a Missouri S&T student, on allegations of making terroristic threats on social media.

“Threats of violence of any kind are not tolerated,” says Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader.  “As a campus, we are grateful that this situation did not escalate. I thank both of the police departments for their swift action in handling this case. As always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern.”

Tuesday evening MUPD was made aware of threats made on the anonymous social media platform Yik Yak and other social media sites.  During its investigation, MUPD was able to trace the social media postings to Park. MUPD contacted Missouri S&T police for assistance with an arrest. At approximately 1:50 a.m., Park was arrested at Thomas Jefferson Residence Hall in Rolla for making terroristic threats. No weapons were found during the investigation. Park was transported to the Boone County Jail in Columbia, Missouri.

“We will take every threat seriously and act on them appropriately to protect our campus community,” Schrader says.


  1. Lisa Steuber says:

    KY3 is reporting the following:

    Missouri S&T student is accused of social media threat toward Mizzou students

    Can you please confirm the threats were made towards Mizzou students?

    Thank you

  2. Nicolas Martin says:

    Why are his alleged threats not described in this article? How can we evaluate the constitutionality of his arrest without such details? This is Missouri’s vaunted journalism?

    • Joseph O'leery says:

      The student violated the terms and conditions of the social media outlet (Yik-Yak in this case.)

    • Sean Klover says:

      It was a threat to shoot African-American students. It’s not 1st Amendment protected speech.

      • Nicolas Martin says:

        He didn’t threaten to kill a particular person, or to do so in a particular place. I think his speech is protected, just as the speech of a Black man would be if he threatened to “kill whitey.”

  3. I would hope this student would be promptly expelled from the school. I have a student that lives in Thomas Jefferson and this scares the heck out of me. I hope an example is made here.

    • Ethan Kunz says:

      It is not good to ever wish for an outcome before an investigation is ever completed and the details released. We don’t want to approach a ‘witch trial’ type situation even in the slightest.

      • Nicolas Martin says:

        Thank you. I completely agree. Anyone who is sensitive to the history of racial injustice should agree.

  4. Ron Sherard says:

    As an alumnus I am appalled to think MSM/UMR/S&T is involved in anything of this nature. Why would a student at Missouri S&T even want to be involved in anything at the Columbia campus? Glad that the trace was done so quickly. Hope he gets the full measure of what he deserves.

  5. I would like to know what is going on with the 2nd threat that was made about shooting up the S&T campus. Has that person been caught? What is being done to find out who this is and keeping our students at Missouri S&T safe?