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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Published by David J. Smith

I am conflict resolution educator, peacebuilding trainer and career coach. My professional experience has spanned the legal, think tank, international, quasi-government, and higher and secondary education sectors. I have taught at all higher education levels: community college, 4-year undergraduate (private, public, religious), graduate, and international. In 2003-2004 I was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Estonia. From 2005 -2012 I was a senior program officer and senior manager at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington where I managed programs for colleges and universities and developed training for faculty and students. I work with all groups and educational institutions to support peacebuilding awareness.

One thought on “Community Colleges and the Challenge of Violent Extremism

  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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