Ohio State University Assistant Director of Residence Life, Stephanie Clemons Thompson urged sympathy for suspected Monday attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan in a Facebook post.
Here is the post below. She quickly deleted it later amid swift backlash.
Clemons apparently repeated on the Facebook post, urging for her friends not to share the Facebook post, suggesting she was aware of the controversial nature of her language.
The attacker, Artan came to America in 2014, NBCNews reports. Artan was a refugee whose family left Somalia in 2007, then spent seven years in Pakistan, and became legal permanent residents of the U.S. in 2014 under the Obama administration.
Before the attack, Artan reportedly posted this on Facebook:
“I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” according to ABCNews. “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims,”
“We have to consider that it is” a terrorist attack, Columbus Ohio Police Chief Kim Jacobs told reporters Monday. Jacobs elaborated that police “engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat.” Reports indicate he allegedly swerved his car onto the curb striking students, before attacking other students with a butcher knife.
Clemmons also works in the “Diversity and Inclusion office,” at OSU. A department some students call “a useless waste of money.”