More results...

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

More results...

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Patrick Dai of Cornell University Arrested Over Death Threats Against Jewish Students

A few days ago, disturbing death threats against Jews were posted on Cornell University’s discussion forum. The included the below:

The culprit behind them has been tracked and arrested. He is the somewhat appropriately named Patrick Dai, a 21-year-old junior at Cornell:

patrick dai
Via recentlybooked.com

Because Jew-hatred is something people of all races can get behind.

You’d probably never guess a guy like this would capable of such threats.

He entered the school as one of five National Merit Scholars named at Pittsford-Mendon High School and as a 12-time AP Scholar who also logged time volunteering at Rochester General Hospital.

At Cornell, Dai worked as an undergraduate consultant helping to tutor other engineering students with MATLAB, a computer programming language, and as the director of logistics for the school’s Science Olympiad.

Dai also worked as an orientation leader and was promoted to supervisor after just two months on the job, according to his LinkedIn.

Bonus:

Meanwhile, his parents are already painting the portrait of a person suffering from severe depression:

The Cornell University student accused of making violent threats against his Jewish peers is a 21-year-old engineering student who suffers from such “severe depression” that his mother worried he was on the brink of suicide just moments before his arrest.

Patrick Dai, a junior at the prestigious university, was arrested by federal authorities Tuesday for allegedly making a string of disturbing online posts over the weekend threatening to kill and rape Jewish students and to “bring an assault rifle to campus.”

Investigators traced the deranged posts to Dai’s IP address at his off-campus apartment, where he allegedly admitted to being the culprit, according to a federal complaint obtained by NBC News.

Dai’s parents, however, believe their son is innocent.

“My son is in severe depression. He cannot control his emotion well due to the depression. No I don’t think he committed the crime,” his father, who asked that his name not be used, told The Post in a text message.

Dai sank into a deep depression in 2021, one year after he started his engineering studies at the prestigious university, his parents said.

Dai underwent a dramatic change after just one year, his parents said — though they adamantly emphasized that he never had a history of violence.

“He was always very nice to society, well organized, helpful to my family and his classmates before 2021,” his father said.

“He told us he lost his life goal and motivation … As parents, we tried to give him more love.”

Under the suggestion of a doctor, Dai took off two semesters from his studies — in the spring of 2022 and 2023 — to try and recuperate, but struggled to regain his ambition.

Dai’s communications with his parents went dark just days before his arrest, around the time he allegedly posted the unhinged threats to “shoot up 104 west,” a university dining hall that caters predominantly to Kosher diets, and to “slit the throat” of any Jewish men he came across.

“My wife called him or sent messages to him many times but got no answers. She was worrying that he may commit suicide and drove to his apartment to see what happened,” Dai’s father said.

By the time she made the 80-mile trip to the Ithaca building, Dai had already been arrested.

Instead of her son, she saw several police officers stationed outside her son’s college home.

Although they don’t believe their son is responsible for the antisemitic posts, Dai’s parents theorize his depression is somehow linked to the case.

When asked what the connection would be, Dai’s father said: “Please contact his doctor for this question. It is too complicated for me.”

I don’t doubt Dai might be suffering from depression. But it shouldn’t need to be said that this doesn’t excuse threatening to murder people. Heck, I am sure many Jewish students on his campus and others are now suffering from severe depression too, as they see their fellow students, like Dai, reveal their inner genocidal maniacs.

About the author

Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Scroll to Top