MVC student arrested under suspicion of “Yik Yak” threatsFeaturedNews

Paris Lovett as seen in a Facebook profile picture.

Paris G. Lovett, 18, is shown here at left, posing with fellow members of the Missouri Valley College basketball team. Lovett, a freshman, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making terrorist threats over social media.

By Elisa C. Marques

Paris G. Lovett, a freshman MVC student, was arrested on Wednesday under suspicion of posting threats on the social media application Yik Yak.

According to an alert issued by the MVC Department of Public Safety, “an unknown individual threatened to physically harm other individuals in an unspecified manner.”

The College and the Marshall Police Department, working closely with the personnel from Yik Yak, investigated the incident and at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, Lovett was identified as a suspect and taken into custody by the local police for making terroristic threats.

According to a Marshall Police Department press release, the investigation has revealed this is an isolated incident and no other people were involved in the making of this threat.

Heath Morgan, Vice President for Student Affairs, said that it is not known yet for how long Lovett will be in custody. The probable cause statement is being prepared and will be forwarded to the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review and possible action.

Matheus Rodrigues, a freshman Agri-business major, said that he was surprised that Lovett was arrested.

“I would never imagine that,” he said. “He was always so nice and respectful toward me.”

Campus and law enforcement officials declined to release additional information at this time.





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    • byCindy
    • onNov 19, 2015

    Why were parents not notified of this threat?

      • byTyler
      • onNov 19, 2015

      Because this is a college, and the students are adults.

    • byJackson
    • onNov 20, 2015

    I’m am getting real sick of this black sh*t today. They need to GROW UP, learn how to live in a civilized society, get jobs, and live their lives.

      • byJ
      • onNov 20, 2015

      Pretty sure that’s why he’s in school. He’s doing all the things you whites are asking for.

    • byB.P.
    • onNov 20, 2015

    It’s not about blacks, it’s about people and the choices they make. The current threat at valley involves WHITE people making threats and racial slurs. And didn’t a WHITE person recently get arrested in Columbia for threatening to shoot black students? Maybe you should educate yourself.

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