A South Carolina man was arrested for threatening students who have been protesting at Clemson University over diversity issues.
Jamie Reece Moore, 21, also a student at the university, was arrested for posting the threats on the social media platform Yik Yak, WBTW reports. He was charged with unlawful use of a telephone.
According to the station, Moore posted the following comments, among others.
- “What time is the lynch mob tomorrow? I got a couple hundred feet of rope”
- “Let’s do to the Clemson protesters what Ohio did to the Kent State student protesters 40 years ago”
- “Drive by at Sikes?”
- Slave auction tomorrow morning at 8am @ Sikes Hall. Lots of good protest workers. Get them while they’re mad!!!”
- “So have they started lynching protesters yet?”
Moore is currently free on bond.
Students have been protesting what the Associated Press called a “quiet racial schism” on campus, with only 6 percent of the student body being black in a state where a third of the population is African American.
Students have been holding sit-ins and protests on the campus — the core of which was built by slaves. The tensions boiled over when rotting bananas were hung from an African-American history banner.
“We go through classes, we see each other on a daily basis, we exchange smiles thinking we are all treating one another as equals. But to see the post on Yik Yak talking about lynchings — to me it is just ignorant,” African-American student Brendan Standifer said.