Mizzou’s student president was forced to apologize for starting a rumor about the KKK coming onto the university’s campus late on November 10.
Payton Head, who has been at the forefront of protests at the University of Missouri, posted on Facebook and Twitter: “Students please take precaution. Stay away from the windows in residence halls. The KKK has been confirmed to be sighted on campus. I’m working with [university police], the state trooper [sic], and the National Guard.”
The news quickly spread, with other students claiming they spotted KKK members as well–but Head was soon forced to apologize when the rumor came up false.
“I’m sorry about the misinformation that I have shared through social media,” he said. “I received and shared information from multiple incorrect sources.”
“There’s absolutely nothing to indicate that (the KKK is on campus),” MUPD Maj. Brian Weimer told the campus paper.
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) November 11, 2015
new FB post from Mizzou student association president, who was previous source of “confirmed KKK sighting” rumor pic.twitter.com/1IXKAO0kJV
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) November 11, 2015
Some people responded by saying Head should step down from his position for spreading false rumors.
“2 good men had to resign because of things like this. This just ruined all credibility of the cause,” said one.
“Apology not enough. I demand you step damn and proclaim your privilege,” added another.
But others said it wasn’t a big deal.
“Better safe than sorry. Safety first,” said one.
“You made a little mistake….everyone does! We still LOVE and SUPPORT YOU!!!” said another.