Last Updated on November 8, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Cornell University Student Charged with Making Online Threats against Jewish People on Campus
A Cornell University student is facing federal charges after allegedly making online threats against Jewish individuals on the campus. The threatening comments were reportedly posted on an online Greek Life forum, raising serious concerns about the safety of the university’s Jewish community.
Authorities have responded swiftly to the threats by increasing security measures on campus. While no specific incident has occurred yet, the threats included mentions of shooting and stabbing Jewish people at the university. As a result, law enforcement agencies are taking the matter seriously and have taken steps to ensure the safety of all students.
During an interview with law enforcement authorities, the accused student, whose name has been revealed as Dai, admitted to posting the threatening messages. However, Dai’s mother believes that his mental health struggles may have played a role in the incident. She claims that his use of medication for depression and anxiety could have partially triggered his harmful behavior.
Dai’s defense attorneys have provided an apology letter from him, acknowledging the divisiveness of his statements and expressing remorse for his actions. However, Dai’s mother has questioned why the apology has not been publicly shared by the prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), suggesting that it could shed light on his mental state at the time of the incident.
Prior to the threats, Dai had taken time off from college due to difficulties in transitioning and was prescribed an antidepressant. However, he reported that the medication only worsened his condition. The family had planned to meet with Dai’s therapist to discuss a possible medication change.
Expressing concern for her son’s well-being, Liu, Dai’s mother, had been taking him home on weekends due to his worsening depression. Shockingly, Dai was taken into custody by authorities the day after his mother returned him to Cornell, further highlighting the gravity of the situation.
Currently being held in an upstate New York jail, Dai is awaiting a bail hearing. Liu continues to emphasize the importance of her son receiving proper mental health care and taking medication. The family is optimistic that Dai’s circumstances will improve, and they hope that this incident serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health support within educational institutions.
As this case develops, it remains crucial to address the mental health aspects of such incidents, provided that they contribute to the individual’s behavior.