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Police Arrest Suspect Accused Of Threatening African-American Students At Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON (WWJ) - Police say the person accused of making threats against African-American students at Michigan Technological University has been taken into custody.

Police say the suspect was apprehended late Thursday night and is currently lodged at the Houghton County Jail. Further information about the suspect is expected to be released later Friday.

The suspect is accused of making the threatening comments on a social media site called Yik Yak, an anonymous message board where users can post comments to a specific community. Police say the threats, discovered around midday Thursday, were directed at members of Michigan Tech's black community.

The university increased its police presence after the threats as a precautionary measure.

"It's important to remember that we are a community and will not tolerate threats to any member of our family," Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz said in a statement. "It's time we watch out for one another."

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 906-487-2216.

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