Mizzou professor resigns after refusing to postpone exam over threats, report says

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Dale Brigham - Image via Mizzou's Disability Center

COLUMBIA (AP) – A University of Missouri professor who challenged his students to show up for class despite fears over racially-motivated threats of violence or risk missing an exam says he has offered his resignation.

Dale Brigham told The Associated Press by email Wednesday that he ultimately backtracked and told students they could take the exam on a later date. His initial email to his Nutritional Science 1034 class urging them to “not give in to bullies” and warning that the test would be administered Wednesday whether students showed up or not sparked an angry response.

Brigham says he has offered his resignation, although university spokesman Christian Basi said he didn’t know yet whether the school had accepted the resignation.

A student at another campus is accused of having made the online threats. The 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making online threats against black students and faculty at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus is a student at one of its other campuses.

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla confirmed that 19-year-old Hunter M. Park is a student there. He was arrested Wednesday at a residence hall on the Rolla campus. The school says no weapons were found.

Park was taken by University of Missouri police to Columbia, where he is jailed. Formal charges haven’t been filed.

The online posts on YikYak and other social media Tuesday threatened to “shoot every black person I see.”

The threats follow the resignations Monday of the university system’s president and the Columbia campus’ chancellor after student protests over their handling of racial issues.