Mizzou Scandal: How Things Escalated

The More You Know | Kaitlyn Beck | November 11, 2015

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The University of Missouri has been consuming the media this past week, shedding a harsh light on the university and its students. Attention was first garnered when the football team released a statement announcing a strike.

The team took to Twitter  Sunday night saying they wouldn’t “participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed.” According to ESPN , 42 out of the 64 players on the Missouri team are African-American. The strike stemmed from recent racist situations that weren’t properly addressed by university president, Tim Wolfe.

Racial issues have been stirring up on the campus since September. Students stereotyping and name-calling black students led to feces in the shape of swastika smeared on a bathroom wall. Many students felt that the university was not taking proper action or urgency toward the situation, even after several incidents and complaints.

Missouri released a statement later the same day, after the team’s announcement, explaining their awareness of the situation. The school released a statement saying, “the department of athletics is aware of the declarations made tonight by many of our student-athletes. We must all come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes right to do so.”

After negative media attention, student protests and the football team’s strike, Wolfe resigned on Monday. According to the Washington Post , along with Wolfe, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin also resigned from his position of overseeing the university’s campus.

Many students celebrated the outcome Monday afternoon.

But what should have been the ending to a successful, peaceful change has turned into a dangerous situation on the Missouri campus.

On Tuesday, threats were made on the anonymous app, Yik Yak, targeting students of color. Campus suddenly became empty, students afraid to attend classes or be on campus.

Threats read, “I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” and, “Some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow.”

Threats were taken very seriously and an arrest was made early Wednesday morning by the University of Missouri police.

According to, Washington Post, 19-year-old white male, Hunter Park has been charged with “making a terroristic threat.” Park is a sophomore at Missouri University’s Rolla campus.