Today’s universities are hopeless: ideological agreement is prized far more than academic integrity, which is sorely lacking. And this story shows that academic integrity is by no means the most important thing that is lacking. “University Downplays Student’s Jihad Threat,” from Fox News Radio, March 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):
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.
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.”
Alexandre Meterissian, a member of the conservative organization, filed a complaint with campus security.
“I found it really disturbing that he would write those kinds of things,” Meterissian told Fox News Radio. “Those kinds of things are serious. It’s not funny. You have to be held liable for what you say on the Internet.”
Khan’s only comments on the incident were published in the student newspaper, the McGill Tribune.
“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.
Meterissian said he was more upset over the university”s response.
“The university really hasn’t been taking this seriously,” he said. “They didn’t deem it a big enough threat to inform the students or even consider suspending or expelling the student.”…