MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - An instructor at Northwest Missouri State University was arrested after allegedly writing on Facebook that he might climb to the campus bell tower with weapons, though no charges have been filed, authorities said.
It is unclear whether the remark, which has been removed from Facebook, was intended as a joke, but the 57-year-old instructor was arrested Thursday and held in Nodaway County jail on 24-hour hold.
The student newspaper, the Northwest Missourian, posted a screen shot on its website of the Facebook message with the user's name blurred out. The message said: "But yes, that's the beginning of the semester. I'm always optimistic. By October, I'll be wanting to get up to the top of the bell tower with a high powered rifle -- with a good scope, and probably a gatling gun as well."
In an email sent Thursday to students, faculty and staff, officials at the university in Maryville said threats or incidents of violence would not be tolerated.
University Provost Douglas N. Dunham said officials became aware of the post on Wednesday and university police contacted the faculty member, who was removed from campus.
"There is no immediate threat to the safety and security of individuals on campus and throughout the community," the university statement said.
Northwest Missouri spokesman Mark Hornickel told The Star that the university will await the results of the law enforcement investigation before taking other action.
On Friday afternoon, Rouch was charged with two drug-related offenses that include possession of a controlled substance and a second charge relating to distribution, manufacturing or producing of a controlled substance.
"Pending the outcome of the investigation, the faculty member is prohibited from entering University property," the university said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.