UA student suspended for online threats

Peyton Shepard

UA student Ryan Parish has been suspended and removed from campus for online threats of violence, according to University officials.

Parish was reported to the University for issuing racially-specific threats against another student through Facebook messaging and comments on Tuesday night through the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange page. 

Screenshots of the threats were sent to the University’s twitter account by Shaun King, a writer and activist affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The University responded, stating that “[the] University does not condone the use of hostile or racist language, or threats of violence in any situation.” They later updated the statement to add that they had taken action against Parish, and to clarify that previous statements regarding freedom of speech referred not to Parish’s statements, but the group of students who chose to sit during the National Anthem at Saturday’s home football game, which initially prompted social media discussion.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.