The State University of New York at Oswego is investigating social media threats made earlier this week against members of the College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom.
Screen shots of the tweets provided by the New York Federation of College Republicans show at least three users discussed shooting the members of the GOP-aligned groups. One user, responding to a photo posted by the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at SUNY Oswego, wrote: "fellas, if y'all locked in locked in a room with these three ugly mf's and only got 27 bullets which one y'all shootin' first?"
The tweet has been removed. According to Twitter, it is no longer available because it violated the platform's rules.
The New York Federation of College Republicans said the three students in the photo received more threats in private messages sent to their accounts.
It's unknown if the individuals who posted threatening tweets are students at SUNY Oswego.
Tyler Toomey, president of the SUNY Oswego College Republicans and a member of the Young Americans for Freedom, was one of the three men in the photo. He criticized the threats made against him and his members.
"Threats of violence against students should not be tolerated regardless of their political view," Toomey said. "We are disgusted that our peers are threatening violence against members of our organization while our campus administration remains silent, it is unacceptable."
Not long after Toomey released his statement, SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley condemned the threats. She revealed that University Police opened an investigation and requested information from Twitter. She claimed Twitter "took down the posted threats and suspended the accounts."
While the offending tweet was removed, at least two of the users involved in the exchange remain active members of the site.
Stanley said the on-campus investigation continues.
"We will pursue offenders as soon as we become aware of threats of violence or other criminal acts," she added.