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Sat May 13, 2023, 01:47 PM

Another example of the "other" side of stochastic terrorism

This is yet another example of how Republicans / fascists / authoritarians use stochastic terrorism to create violence and chaos, and can claim none of it is their fault. Violence and chaos provide them with opportunities to gather and concentrate power.

Please note: I am in no way claiming what the teacher did is morally or ethically right. I am not claiming it was at all a good way to react in a classroom. I am pointing out that this is a warning sign of what is to come as Republican power poses an existential threat to increasing groups of people who are not cis, het, white, Christian, Republicans.

Stochastic terrorism works by increasing pressure on the most emotionally vulnerable or unstable members of society. This usually means MAGA-Nazi-white supremacists who absorb the hate messages directly and feel they must do something about it because they feel threatened.

But it also occasionally, rarely means one of the targets of the attacks will react violently because they as a group really are being threatened.

Both work to Republican advantage. When one of their followers is violent, it induces fear in the target group but is written off as a "lone wolf". When one of the target group is violent, it is used to portray the entire group as a physical, violent threat.

From: https://www.cbs58.com/news/grafton-teacher-arrested-after-making-terrorist-threats-to-students

"GRAFTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Grafton police arrested a teacher at John Long Middle School on Friday, May 12, on charges of making "terrorist threats" to students in his class as well as "exposing a child to harmful material, descriptions, or narrations." Both of these are Class I felonies.

The police made a report of an incident that happened around 9:55 a.m. after a student texted his mom from class saying that his teacher made threatening remarks and said that he owned 17 guns. The teacher did admit to this during a meeting with the principal and said that the threats were made out of anger.

The teacher said he became angry after he saw student artwork and a notebook in his class with swastikas drawn on them. The teacher, who is Jewish, said he would "send his daughter to their homes with a baseball bat," "go scorched earth on them," and wished pain upon the students and their families. Upon requests to discuss this matter, the teacher said would not speak with the investigating officer without his lawyer."

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