College Campus: The Front at Home
We've all heard about what kids on campus are facing -- anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism. But that conflict has now escalated. On Oct. 3, it is believed that Joel Henry Hinrichs III (won't be sure it's him until the DNA results come in), a 21-year-old Oklahoma University mechanical engineering student, killed himself -- with a bomb -- 100 meters from a stadium filled with football fans. Not your average suicide. Many along the blogway have picked up the complexities of this story, even if many mainstream news sources have not.
According to an article in The Oklahoma Daily, the school newspaper, the student in question reportedly "inquired at a local feed store about purchasing a significant amount of ammonium nitrate, the store’s general manager said, according to a local television station." A man similar to his description was apparently in the store days before the explosion.
The president of the university, David L. Boren, "confirmed that law enforcement officials found dangerous materials inside Hinrich’s residence at Parkview Apartments and that they were detonated at a Norman Police Department firing range Sunday night." There have also been reports that Jihad material had been found in his room, which was located close to the Islamic Society.
I did a search on Google News on Joel Henry Hinrichs and no major newspaper/online service, except maybe Town Hall, is listed on the first page of hits. For Yahoo News, the only major news outlet listed on the first page is the Dallas Morning News, which has two -- including the dad saying his son had no political motives though he admitted that his son had an interest in explosives. Huh? I find all of this very strange. This should be HUGE news. Why are my fellow bloggers (and local Oklahoma papers) and World Net Daily the only ones taking this seriously?