Assaults are not attacks. They are the expectation of an attack. Not a nice thing, but neither are assaults attacks. Attacks, physical attacks, legally are called battery.
Word attacks are not battery.
Some of the U of P students say they are afraid; that they are living in fear because of tweets that threatened them.
Quote: “Some students shared screen shots of pages from the GroupMe, which included a photo of people hanging from a tree. A law student posted on Facebook, “I spent my morning running to the Vice Provost office of my university in the middle of class because my freshmen brothers and sisters got added to a group called “[slur] Lynching.” … I stared an administrator in the eye and literally lost it. And quite honestly I just can’t stop crying. I feel sick to my stomach. I don’t feel safe.”
Whoever is writing and seemingly threatening the black students is not exercising free speech. There is no Right to Free Speech that protects all speech. From Justice Holmes in Schenck v. United States: “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”