Cornell Student Confesses to Making Online Threats

( – The vicious land, sea, and air attack launched against Israel by the Islamist terrorist group Hamas has sparked global unrest. Institutes of higher learning notoriously have become breeding grounds for questionable practices for decades, from the sometimes violent protests during the Vietnam War era to current demonstrations supporting both sides of the Israel-Hamas War. Now, a Cornell University student has reportedly confessed to making online threats against Jews.

On October 31, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York issued a press release detailing the arrest of 21-year-old Patrick Dai, a junior at Cornell University. Federal agents took him into custody pursuant to a criminal complaint charging him with using interstate communications to post threats to injure or kill someone.

Court documents allege that the third-year student posted threatening messages, including calls for the “deaths of Jewish people” on an online discussion site’s section on Cornell. Dai also reportedly posted a statement saying he was going to “shoot up 104 west [sic].” For those unfamiliar with Cornell, 104West! is the university’s kosher and multicultural dining room on the southeast side of West Campus, next to the school’s Center for Jewish Living building.

Dai also posted a statement to the discussion site threatening to “slit the throat” and “stab” any Jewish men he observed on campus. Likewise, he vowed to assault any Jewish females he encountered and “behead any Jewish babies. He also threatened to bring a rifle to the Cornell campus and “shoot all you [ethnic slur].”

The Guardian reviewed the federal complaint filed against Dai. The media outlet reported that he admitted to posting the threatening messages detailed in that document on the discussion board. The complaint also confirmed that federal agents advised him of his Miranda warnings first.

Dai made his initial court appearance on November 1. He faces a maximum of five years imprisonment, three years supervised release, and fines up to $250,000 if convicted.

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