Miami – A University of Florida (UF) student was arrested after threatening to carry out a mass shooting at Virginia Tech (VT), a university center in which 32 people were massacred by one of his students in 2007.
James Robert Kelly, 36, threatened to carry out the attack if a journalist for the Independent Florida Alligator college newspaper made no changes to an article about him.
According to that publication, Kelly presented an ultimatum to society, listing lawsuits such as the publication of the manifesto left by the Virginia Tech attacker ending women’s voting rights and limiting the enrollment of Chinese citizens in prestigious universities in the United States.RELATED
Kelly, who has a history of sexual harassment and dangerous behavior at that university in Gainesville, North Florida, faces charges of making written threats to kill, do bodily harm, and carry out a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.
In the letter Kelly sent to the newspaper, he states that he is a “prophet of God” and is determined to “become a terrorist and die from this cause,” according to the publication.
“I will gladly blame you for the unnecessary deaths of all future VT students,” Kelly said in one of the written threats.
In 2007 Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on a campus of Virginia State Polytechnic University, known as Virginia Tech, before committing suicide in what is considered the third deadliest shooting in modern American history.
The worst of them occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017, when a man opened fire from a hotel room against a crowd attending a concert, killing 58 people before ending his life.
A year earlier, on June 12, 2016, a man murdered 49 people and then committed suicide at a gay club in the city of Orlando, Florida.