A couple of week after Patrick Dai ’24 was positioned into custody for posting antisemitic threats on a web based Cornell discussion board, together with one which threatened a mass capturing on the College’s kosher eating corridor, his mom Bing Liu described his persistent psychological well being struggles in an interview with Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle.
Liu mentioned that Dai’s actions could have been influenced by his use of medicines to handle severe despair and nervousness. His mom instructed the paper that her son would continuously return to their home in Pittsford, New York in the course of the weekends as a result of his “worsening despair” and that he was dwelling on the weekend the threats had been posted on-line. She drove him again to campus on Monday, Oct. 30, the identical day that Gov. Kathy Hochul visited campus to sentence the threats and guarantee college students that the legislation enforcement would discover the perpetrator promptly.
Liu referenced a now-deleted put up titled “I’m sorry it was my fault alone” posted on the night of Oct. 29. Federal prosecutors didn’t establish this put up as belonging to Dai in court docket paperwork, however Dai’s mom mentioned his protection group revealed the put up to her in a bundle of proof after Dai’s preliminary court docket look final Wednesday. In accordance with Liu, the language included within the put up sounded extra like her son.
“Apologies. There isn’t a room for divisive statements in individual or on-line,” the put up acknowledged. “Shameful, calling for violence towards folks solely due to a merciless warfare a thousand miles away. Much more shameful as a result of there isn’t any excuse for the focusing on of harmless civilians, a lot much less my classmates.”
The put up continued: “I spent just a few hours reflecting alone as we speak. I requested myself ‘What may have led me up thus far?’ … ‘If I had gotten extra psychological counseling would it not have been higher?’ However there isn’t any excuse. No quantity of despair or loneliness or isolation is an excuse for terror or terroristic threats.”
The Solar was unable to confirm if the apology put up was written by Dai. The federal legal grievance towards Dai filed on Tuesday, Oct. 31 referenced 10 antisemitic posts however didn’t establish the apology message as belonging to Dai.
All posts referenced within the federal grievance, nonetheless, had been written previous to the apology put up, with the final cited put up from 3:16 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. The discussion board used to unfold these messages, Greekrank, doesn’t require a login and all messages are posted anonymously.
In accordance with court docket paperwork, the IP info related to a number of antisemitic posts from Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 had been traced to Pittsford, whereas one other put up from Oct. 26 was traced to a unique IP tackle that was geo-located to Ithaca.
Dai’s mom instructed the Democrat and Chronicle that she texted her son on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and didn’t obtain a response, the identical day that Dai was questioned by the FBI over the threats and admitted to utilizing the web to put up the threats on the platform. Liu drove again as much as Cornell and couldn’t find her son, however she was instructed by police that he was secure and in questioning.
“He solely instructed me that Patrick posted one thing on-line and needed to harm himself and different folks,” Liu instructed the Democrat and Chronicle.
Liu revealed that she realized later that day after returning to Pittsford about her son’s allegations by way of a Each day Beast article despatched to her by a pal. Within the days following Dai’s arrest, Liu has handled dying threats, photographers and journalists at her door.
Dai’s mom mentioned that in neglecting to share Dai’s apology message, the media has not painted a full image of her son, who now has “no future.”
Whereas The Solar beforehand reported that Dai had taken two semesters off from the College in Spring 2022 and Spring 2023, Liu shared that Dai had taken a go away of absence for 3 semesters as a result of psychological well being struggles adjusting to school and the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liu mentioned that her son has served as her help system, particularly in her current battle with most cancers and whereas her husband works abroad at Tianjin College in China.
Liu additionally revealed that their Pittsford dwelling accommodates a Star of David medallion that she introduced dwelling from Israel in 2000 and that she had not identified her son to indicate any animosity in the direction of Jewish folks up to now, together with in friendships he had with different college students.
An FBI raid of Dai’s house didn’t yield any weapons, although legislation enforcement did seize a shotgun from his household’s Pittsford home that Liu mentioned she bought for self-defense and has by no means used.
At Dai’s preliminary court docket look, his public defender instructed the court docket that Dai waived his proper to a well timed detention listening to, making him ineligible for bail and resulting in his speedy detention in a Broome County jail. Nonetheless, Dai’s new illustration below public defender Lisa Peebles requested to have a detention listening to wherein bail will probably be mentioned, which is ready for Thursday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Dai has additionally waived his proper to a preliminary listening to that was initially scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15.