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New Jersey University Probes Threats Against African Americans

series of tweets threatening black people on the Kean University campus

New Jersey's Kean University is investigating threats of violence against African Americans on its campus that appeared on social media while students were staging protests over racial inequality, the school said on Wednesday.

An anonymous user posted messages to Twitter on Tuesday night, threatening to kill or shoot black students and others at the school, where students have been demonstrating to raise awareness about racism on U.S. campuses.

"I will shoot every black woman and male I see at Kean University," wrote the Twitter user using the name @keanuagainstblk. The account has since been suspended.

Kean University police said they alerted federal, state, county and local law enforcement about the threats and were providing extra security on campus. The school in Union, about 10 miles southwest of Newark, remained open on Wednesday.

"We are profoundly troubled by this display of hatred which does not reflect in any way the values we hold sacred on our diverse campus," Kean University police said in a statement.

Kean, a public university with 13,000 undergraduates, is one of many U.S. post-secondary schools where students have staged demonstrations and walkouts in sympathy with students at the University of Missouri, where the school president resigned in the wake of protests over his handling of on-campus racial issues.

Since protests began to catch on last week, police have made several arrests of men charged with posting messages on social media threatening to kill black students.

Two men were arrested in Missouri on charges of threatening violence against black students.

A 21-year-old Michigan Technological University student was charged with disturbing the peace by making threats through social media against black fellow students.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Frank McGurty and David Gregorio) Photo credit: New Jersey 101.5

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