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Former Cornell student admits to making threats online targeting Jewish students: Now faces up to 5 years in prison

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Patrick Dai, a 21-year-old former Cornell University student, admitted to making online threats targeting Jewish students at the university. His guilty plea acknowledges the serious nature of his actions, which included threats of violence and hate against the Jewish community on campus. The Department of Justice, emphasizing the importance of safety and inclusivity in educational settings, has vowed to pursue those who engage in such hateful conduct.


Dai’s threats, which specifically mentioned violence against Jewish individuals and locations on the Cornell campus, prompted a swift and coordinated response from law enforcement agencies. The collaboration among the FBI, New York State Police, and Cornell University Police was crucial in Dai’s rapid apprehension, alleviating the fears of students and the broader university community. The case highlights the unwavering commitment of law enforcement to ensuring the safety of educational environments from hate and terror.

Scheduled for sentencing on August 12, 2024, Dai faces up to five years in prison, demonstrating the severe consequences of using the internet for spreading hate and making violent threats.