University of Alabama student suspended for social media threat

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Ryan Jeremy Parish (Photo courtesy Tuscaloosa County Jail

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – A University of Alabama student has been suspended and removed from campus after he was accused of threatening to kill a black student in a Facebook post.

Citing court records, Al.com (http://bit.ly/2dQjeG4 ) reports that 20-year-old Ryan J. Parish was arrested Friday by university police officers and charged with harassing communications, a misdemeanor.

Authorities say Parish threatened a black student, Jamal Commander, on the Alabama Student Ticket Exchange Facebook group last week, calling him a racial slur and saying “I’ll kill you.”

Commander told WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/2dIA0HP ) that he was threatened after expressing his support for those who stayed seated during the national anthem at a recent football game.

It is unclear whether Parish has an attorney.