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A suspect has been arrested for posting threats against black students at Michigan Technological University to the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak.

The school announced the arrest Friday, Reuters reports, after authorities began investigations a day before for the person who wrote the threatening posts. The suspect has not been identified and will appear in court on Friday morning, according to Reuters.

Earlier this week, authorities arrested a 20-year-old for posting threats to the same app against University of Michigan students of color. Threats against students also put security at Howard University on alert Thursday.

Yik Yak co-founder Brooks Buffington released a statement earlier this week condemning threatening posts on the social network and warning that Yik Yak does may with police over certain posts. “Yik Yak works alongside local authorities to help in investigations, and we may share information with law enforcement as set forth in our Privacy Policy and legal page,” Buffington wrote in a blog post.

The spike in threats of violence occur as protests against cultures of bias and acts of racism occur on campuses across the country, including Claremont McKenna College, Ithaca College and Yale.


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