It was a rough night on the campus of the University of Missouri, thanks in large part to Student Body President Payton Head. Head posted on Facebook earlier in the night that the KKK was confirmed on campus and that he was working with “the MUPD, the state trooper and the National Guard.” Here’s a screenshot:
The only problem with that terrifying statement is it wasn’t true and Head was forced to delete the post and apologize:
Head then directed students to follow @MUalert — “The online emergency information center for the University of Missouri” — as the “ONLY account with confirmed information”:
Head later posted that he took “complete blame and fault” for his “actions”:
However, looking at timestamps, @MUalert posted that there was “no immediate threat” 19 minutes before Head’s notice to students:
The university begged students to stop spreading rumors, too:
But the damage was already done.
The hashtag #PrayForMizzzou was trending all night and is still the No. 1 trending national story this morning, thanks to all of the false information that was reported earlier in the night:
And as of this morning, everything seems calm:
So … did anything really happen on campus last night?