A couple of students at Iowa State University could be in trouble for sending some inflammatory messages via Twitter following the ISU men’s basketball team’s loss to sixth-ranked Kansas Monday night. The names of the two students are not being released, but ISU Dean of Students Pamela Anthony says the matter is being addressed.
“We are initiating an investigation,” Anthony told Radio Iowa. “I am not at liberty to discuss any actions that have or would be taken against the students.” Following the Cyclone’s loss in overtime, a tweet said the students were going to take a gun to the K-U bus.
Additional tweets used the N-word and threatened Kansas guard Elijah Johnson, who scored a career high 39 points. “The language is not only derogatory and certainly goes against the values of Iowa State, but it’s threatening,” Anthony said. “We live in a society today where all threats have to be taken seriously.”
Many Cyclone fans were upset with the officiating of the game and the Big 12 Conference issued a statement Tuesday admitting “officiating errors” were made at the end of regulation. Other fans booed when Johnson dunked the basketball for K-U’s final points in the lopsided overtime session.
But, Anthony said the Twitter messages of the two ISU students went too far. “I mean, it’s an athletic competition, so on some level you have to say, ‘wow, this is just athletics,'” Anthony said. “I understand school spirit and of course we all want to win, but I think to take it as far as to make a threat to another individual is quite serious and we take it as such.”
It’s unclear what, if any, action has been or will be taken against the two students who sent the Twitter messages.