Community Colleges and the Challenge of Violent Extremism

I wrote this piece in 2015 after a series of violent events where the perpetrators were community college students. In light of this weekend’s events where the both assailants at Dayton and El Paso were from community colleges, it is worth reposting and considering again.

David J. Smith, JD, MS

By: David J. Smith, May 1, 2015

Consider these three recent events.

In the first case, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi kills his college work-study supervisor. The killer claims to hate gays, and killed his boss because he was gay.

In the second case, two brothers of Muslim Chechen background set off bombs at an international marathon, killing three and injuring another 260. The motivation for the acts: revenge for U.S. actions against Muslims.

And in the third case, Somali students studying at a local college recognize their common goal of becoming members of a violent Jihadist group in the Middle East. They attempt to travel to join the group, but are stopped by federal authorities.

The first case took place recently in North Carolina. The man charged with first-degree murder was Kenneth Morgan Stancil, III. The second case can be easily identified as the Tsarnaev brothers, responsible for the Boston Marathon…

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  1. and of course Umpqua/Roseburg here in Oregon

    On Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 5:30 AM David J. Smith, JD, MS wrote:

    > David J. Smith posted: “I wrote this piece in 2015 after a series of > violent events where the perpetrators were community college students. In > light of this weekend’s events where the both assailants at Dayton and El > Paso were from community colleges, it is worth reposting and ” >

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