Cornell Junior Arrested for Chilling Antisemitic Mass Shooting Threat

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said that a person of interest had been taken into custody on Tuesday for threatening antisemitic violence and a mass shooting at Cornell University. The suspect was later identified by the Justice Department as 21-year-old Patrick Dai, a student at the school. He was charged with “posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications,” which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. According to The Cornell Daily Sun, campus police and the FBI were looking into chilling posts left on Greekrank forums over the weekend, including one that said, “gonna shoot up 104 west,” a building that houses Cornell’s Center for Jewish Living and a kosher dining hall. Other posts made rape threats and encouraged students to follow Jewish students home and slit their throats. The school stationed officers outside 104 West on Sunday night in response to the posts, and campus police issued a threat alert to all residents in Ithaca.

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