Cornell University student accused of posting online threats about Jewish students appears in court

A Broome County Sheriff’s van leaves U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. Patrick Dai, a 21-year-old Cornell University student accused of posting threats online to shoot and stab Jewish people on the campus, waived his right to a bail hearing during his first appearance in federal court Wednesday. The judge ordered him to remain in Broome County jail, where he has been since he was arrested. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)The mother of Patrick Dai, center, leaves the U.S.

Dai, 21, waived his right to a bail hearing during his initial court appearance in Syracuse. He also was assigned a federal public defender, Gabrielle DiBella. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 15, according to federal officials.

Dai’s mother attended the court appearance and did not comment afterward, according to media reports.The threatening comments were left on a website about fraternities and sororities that is not affiliated with Cornell and prompted police to increase security for Jewish students.

One post included threats to stab and slit the throats of Jewish males and to bring a rifle to campus and shoot Jews. Another post was titled “gonna shoot up 104 west,” a university dining hall that caters to kosher diets and is located next to the Cornell Jewish Center, according to the complaint.Cornell also announced that Friday will be a “community day.” No classes will be held, and faculty and nonessential staff will be excused from work.

FBI investigating antisemitic threats targeting Cornell University’s Jewish students, Biden ‘very concerned’Since the attack on Israel, antisemitic incidents at colleges have increased. Read more ⮕

Authorities investigating online threats of violence against Jewish students at Cornell University, school’s president saysCornell University police are investigating a series of antisemitic threats made against the university’s Jewish community in online posts over the weekend, its president announced. Read more ⮕

Echoing concerns at Cornell, Jewish students at Columbia University say they’re experiencing antisemitismOn Monday, students demanded New York City’s Ivy League university do more to keep everyone safe. Read more ⮕

Person in custody after series of antisemitic threats against Cornell University’s Jewish communityA person is in custody in connection with a series of antisemitic online threats made against Cornell University’s Jewish community, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. Read more ⮕

Person of interest in custody in ‘horrendous’ Cornell University anti-Jewish death threatsHochul calls for prosecutions following threats towards Cornell Jewish community Read more ⮕

Person of interest in custody in ‘horrendous’ Cornell University anti-Jewish death threatsA person of interest has been identified in the “horrendous” anti-Jewish death threats at Cornell University that put the Ivy League campus o… Read more ⮕