There is a place for forgiveness – and a time. Knowing and understanding the nuance of that is the difference between wisdom and misplaced foolishness.

Just hours after an ISIS-inspired attack by a Muslim on the Ohio State University campus injured eleven, the Assistant Director of Residence Life demonstrated what the lack of that understanding looks and sounds like with a tone-deaf Facebook post focusing on the pain of… the perpetrator.

Her message to the OSU students who had been attacked, mowed down by a fellow student deliberately driving over a curb, slashed as he took a butcher knife to them, the rest of the student body taking cover after an alert was tweeted to them instructing them to: “Run! Hide! Fight!,” and the faculty and administrators simply going about their business on a Monday morning?

She urged everyone to think of the pain Abdul was going through before he took these actions.

The entire Facebook post was full of the denial of reality that is the trademark of the politically correct, starting with the first sentence:

“Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a BUCKEYE, a member of our family.”


Thompson doesn’t offer any support for this dubious claim that flies in the face of reality. In what way did Artan feel he was a member of the family? When he got in his car and headed to the sidewalk where his fellow “family members” were walking to class? Or was it when he jumped from the vehicle and took a knife to his “family members” who were not in the path of the vehicle?

This was his first year, first semester, first months at OSU, which begs the question: At what point does one become, not just a Buckeye – the nickname for all Ohioans, not just the mascot of OSU students – but an Ohioan, an American. A member of the bigger families?

Just before the attack, Artan posted something of his own on Facebook – and it didn’t sound like family.

“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. We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims.”

According to several news sources, Artan and his family left Somalia in 2007 and came to the United States in 2014 after seven years in Pakistan.

He had permanent legal status since 2014.

The larger problem for the university official, Stephanie Clemons Thompson, is that she was clearly aware that the post would be at a minimum, controversial, and more likely inconsiderate, uncaring, unsympathetic and misguided – but that didn’t stop her from posting it anyway, albeit with both a header and a footer warning her friends not to share it.

And then there’s that little hashtag issue at the end of the post: #BlackLivesMatter.

Apparently, Buckeye lives don’t.


UPDATE: The original post has been deleted, but only after being called out by media outlets.

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