Michigan student settles case over alleged racial post

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (AP) - A former Michigan Technological University student has settled his lawsuit against the school over an alleged internet threat against black people.

Matthew Schultz filed the agreement to settle Tuesday. Terms weren't disclosed.

Court documents allege Schultz was a junior in November 2015 when he posted, "Gonna shoot all black people ...... A smile tomorrow," on a social-media app.

He was expelled and arrested after another student sent the university a screenshot of the post, altering it to say only, "Gonna shoot all black people."

The lawsuit alleges Schultz's post wasn't a threat and he intended it to mean he was going to smile at black individuals. The university says its response was appropriate given nationwide school shootings.

Criminal charges were dropped against Schultz, who is from the northwest Michigan city of Norway. The settlement awaits court approval.

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WZZM 13 app now.

Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

© 2017 Associated Press


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment