Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A man charged with posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus has changed his plea to guilty.

The Columbia Missourian reports that 19-year-old Hunter Park admitted Monday to making a terrorist threat.

Authorities say the threats showed up Nov. 10 on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak. A university police officer says Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted in his dorm room at a sister campus in Rolla.

The threats came amid turmoil at the University of Missouri as students protested the handling of racial issues.

Park’s attorney and the prosecutor didn’t immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press asking about a plea deal.

Sentencing is set for June 16.

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