Police Investigate Threatening Tweets Targeting Kean University’s Black Students

Students at #keanuniversity remain strong & committed to their camp out action in spite of threats. #studentblackout pic.twitter.com/NjnTeDIJRO

— zellie (@zellieimani) November 18, 2015

Kean University is under police surveillance after threatening tweets were made towards the Black student body following a peaceful rally Tuesday evening.

Campus police released alerts online via Twitter and Facebook notifying students of the threats, Pix11 reports. The alarming tweets, posted by the account @keanuagainstblk, were sent shortly after a peaceful rally against racial bias on college campuses. The tweets threatened to kill or shoot all Black students at the New Jersey institution.

Kean University announced classes will continue as scheduled in the wake of the threats, but students are allowed to stay home at their own discretion.

Although we have taken appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of our community, (1/2)

— Kean University (@KeanUniversity) November 18, 2015

(2/2) we respect your right to use your own best judgment in deciding whether or not to come to campus.

— Kean University (@KeanUniversity) November 18, 2015

Media mogul and personality Madison Jaye, who is also a former student at Kean University, spoke to NewsOne about the threats and how free speech has been abused and used as a vehicle to spread hate.

“I believe we live in a society that lacks understanding of what love is,” Jaye said. “As beings, we all want love and we all crave for it. Once it’s neglected, we turn to self-hatred. The tweets aimed at the African-American community at Kean is a direct reflection of this. I think it’s sad and a waste of freedom of speech. Our society has to learn to get to know who they are beyond your flesh. Once we start teaching each other how, we can start accepting one another for our differences. We all matter.”

Student body president Nigel Donald spoke out:

Be safe but don’t be scared. Threats yesterday were made not only against a race but our campus as a community.

— Nigel Donald (@Nigeld906) November 18, 2015

Let us not allow hatred to dictate or life, for this person and these words will face the consequences of justice.

— Nigel Donald (@Nigeld906) November 18, 2015

My last words go to the person who could formulate such hateful words to a community of diversity. You will answer to your dangerous words.

— Nigel Donald (@Nigeld906) November 18, 2015

The university is investigating the incident.

Threatening tweets are under investigation by @kupolice. Protest on campus is peaceful.

— Kean University (@KeanUniversity) November 18, 2015

SOURCE: Pix11 | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter

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