Many of us are getting frustrated because we were still not informed about the details of last week’s incident, but my dad offered an interesting point: the police may be using the lack of information as a tool to lurk out the person behind the threats, because if any information about the specifics of the threat leaks out, it has a good chance of being originated by the person behind the threat or people close to him/her.
But this tactic, if it was a tactic at all, doesn’t seem to be working.
Everyone received an email about a new threat indicating that the threat from last week would be carried out tomorrow. This threat is not as specific about the place and time as the last one, so we are just going to have be more “vigilant” (President of UBC taught me a new word today).
I don’t know about you, but I can’t make up my mind on how to feel about the whole situation. I guess the seriousness of it is hard to comprehend, especially when everything else around me is ticking away at their usual speed: lab report and paper due, midterm coming up, event to facilitate, trips to plan… The idea of terrorism (did I say the ka-boom word?) seems too foreign to be real. Not that I am categorizing the recent events as such… As Wikipedia defines,
Terrorism, in the modern sense, is violence, the threat of violence, or other harmful acts committed for political or ideological goals.
I don’t think the UBC threats are for political or ideological goals, so strictly speaking, the threats may not constitute terrorism per se. But the intent of creating terror seems much more conspicuous when they announced that harm would be carried out, one week after the biggest police action UBC has seen. It tells you a few things: 1. the police hasn’t caught them. 2. they are not afraid of the police. 3. they want the campus to be terrified.
But if I put on my rational hat, I can convince myself that it would be ok tomorrow. The police would be prepared. If there are any progress, they would lock the place down again.
I think I will bring my laptop and check for emails religiously though.
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I want to mention that the police are urging the person responsible to call in and to get counselling, an appreciable effort to prevent a tragedy, before they have to contain one.