Two students at the University of Missouri at Columbia were arrested on Monday in connection with harassing “anti-Semitic” written and oral comments about another student, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday.
Maj. Brian Weimer of the university’s police department told the newspaper that officers had arrested a sophomore and a freshman, though it wasn’t immediately clear on what charges.
The university’s interim chancellor, Henry C. (Hank) Foley, disclosed the arrests in an email on Tuesday, but he did not specify who was the target or what the messages said. The students’ names were also omitted.
“This behavior is abhorrent and antithetical to our core value of respect,” Mr. Foley wrote. “It simply will not be tolerated.” He said the university could expel the students.
Jewish community centers across the nation on Monday reported receiving bomb threats, and over the weekend vandals toppled gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press.