Montreal police are investigating a student who made threats against a conservative club at McGill University, even though university officials determined the student’s threats about jihad and wanting to “shoot everyone in the room” were harmless.No word on how exactly McGill University determined that no action was necessary.
A spokesman for the Montreal Police Service told the Toronto Star they take the threat allegedly made by Haaris Khan seriously.
Khan attended a viewing of the documentary “Indoctrinate-U,” sponsored by Conservative McGill, a student organization affiliated with Canada’s Conservative Party. During the viewing, Khan is accused of making death treats using his Twitter account.
“I should have brought an M16,” he allegedly wrote. “I’m watching a Zionist/Conservative propaganda film at a secret Zionist convention, in case anyone’s confused.”
“Indoctrinate-U” is a documentary exposing political correctness on university and college campuses. It explores free speech issues on campuses and how schools sometimes punish people for what the filmmaker calls “mild speech.”
“My blood is boiling,” Khan allegedly tweeted. “I want to shoot everyone in this room.”
The following day, he allegedly tweeted, “The jihad begins today.” [emphasis added]
Maybe they based their decision on what Khan said afterwards:
Khan’s only comments on the incident were published in the student newspaper, the McGill Tribune.Maybe he should try baseball as an outlet instead.
“Whatever comes into my mind, I say it on Twitter,” he told the newspaper. “It’s kind of my outlet.
Khan apologized and said his tweets had been taken out of context, noting that he did not own a gun and he was not particularly religious.
If the school found no reason to suspend or expel the student, at the very least they should insist on some sort of counseling--or maybe they just think that this is a typical Arab way to let of steam.
When there is a story about a student planning violence against fellow students, the murder of students at Columbine comes to mind--but the real story of what happened at Columbine is not widely known:
The killings ignited a national debate over bullying, but the record now shows Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold hadn't been bullied — in fact, they had bragged in diaries about picking on freshmen and "fags."Maybe McGill University should take Haaris Khan and his threats more seriously.
Their rampage put schools on alert for "enemies lists" made by troubled students, but the enemies on their list had graduated from Columbine a year earlier. Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren't on antidepressant medication and didn't target jocks, blacks or Christians, police now say, citing the killers' journals and witness accounts. That story about a student being shot in the head after she said she believed in God? Never happened, the FBI says now.
A decade after Harris and Klebold made Columbine a synonym for rage, new information — including several books that analyze the tragedy through diaries, e-mails, appointment books, videotape, police affidavits and interviews with witnesses, friends and survivors — indicate that much of what the public has been told about the shootings is wrong.
In fact, the pair's suicidal attack was planned as a grand — if badly implemented — terrorist bombing that quickly devolved into a 49-minute shooting rampage when the bombs Harris built fizzled.
And maybe McGill University should treat Mr. Khan the same way they would treat a non-Muslim student who made those threats.
Hat tip: Jihad Watch
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