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Mother of Cornell student Patrick Dai speaks out amid legal battle over Antisemitism

The mother of Patrick Dai, a Cornell student and Pittsford native facing charges for posting antisemitic threats online, has shared her family’s turmoil and her son’s mental health struggles.

In a recent off-camera interview with News10NBC, Bing Liu expressed her fear for her family’s safety, as they have received threats since her son’s arrest.


Liu emphasized the challenges they face, including limited visitation rights and their inability to discuss the case during these meetings, focusing instead on her son’s mental health and well-being.

Dai is accused of making violent threats against Jewish students, allegedly under the guise of Hamas, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. She described Dai as a caring individual who has struggled with bullying and depression, with the situation worsening about a year into his time at Cornell.

She recounted efforts to address his depression, including medication adjustments, just days before his arrest.