This is not a rerun: A teenage male whom authorities knew to be a potential threat has attacked a group of people in Florida. But it’s not getting as much media attention as you might expect, maybe because it doesn’t fit the current preferred media narrative. It didn’t involve a gun, but it did involve radical Islamist terrorism and failure by the authorities to do their jobs.

In Palm Gardens, Florida, 17-year-old Corey Johnson was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 13-year-old boy to death and seriously wounding a woman and her 13-year-old son at a birthday party sleepover. Johnson reportedly told police that he was an ISIS sympathizer, his Islamic faith inspired the attack, and he read the Quran beforehand “to give him courage to carry out his intentions.”


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Once again, there were more red flags than a Chinese military parade. The local police and school district police and the FBI were aware of his sick bent as far back as middle school. They were told he had violent tendencies, was a white supremacist, made anti-Semitic and anti-gay statements and talked about places to bomb. His own mother and grandparents alerted the police that he was enthralled with dictators such as Hitler, Stalin and Kim Jong Un, and that he’d become interested in Islam and reading the Quran. But he was a juvenile, so they took a “redirection” approach and didn’t pursue it.

Johnson next allegedly made a violent online threat against a Catholic high school in England that prompted an evacuation. He reportedly starting watching ISIS beheading videos and expressed interest in joining them. The FBI began monitoring his computer and demanded he cease all ISIS and terrorist-related social media postings. He didn’t.


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Finally, last month, the FBI decided it had enough evidence to charge him. A month later, on March 5th, police asked where they were with that. The FBI replied that “probable cause affidavits would be coming in the next several weeks.”

A week later, while still walking around free as a bird, he stabbed three people with a knife.

Please explain to me again: how is passing more gun control laws to be enforced by local, state and federal authorities going to keep mentally-disturbed teenagers from killing people?

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Comments 1-5 of 11

  • Art Schefler

    03/17/2018 11:23 AM

    PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE USUALLY OUTCASTS AND DO NOT BELONG TO ANY "HERD". TO MAKE THEMSELVES FEEL AS PART OF A GROUP, THEY MAY JOIN WHATEVER FACTION THEY FEEL WILL GIVE THEM THE ATTENTION THEY DESIRE. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS THE KORAN AND ISIS OUT THERE WELCOMING ANY LOST SOUL.

  • DeEtte Moon

    03/16/2018 09:38 PM

    How SICK. How in God's world can anyone call Islam a peaceful religion. The only peace they obtain is if ALL people accept Islam. Satan applies violence. God applies love that changes people's lives.

  • Barry A Mulder

    03/16/2018 05:19 PM

    the FBI and police involved with this case, you know the "do nothings" there should all be under arrest awaiting trial for accessory to murder. They knew there was a threat, and choise to do not one thing to prevent it.

  • Sherrel Morelan

    03/16/2018 03:09 PM

    Do you think the Democrats will now want to ban any knife sharper or longer than a bread knife.

  • Roger Waters

    03/16/2018 03:09 PM

    Mike,
    I want to know what safety measures the Parkland, Florida school had in place and why did they fail? How did he get inside the school with a long gun? Didn't all students have to enter through a secured door? Did some student open another door for him? Maybe the students should be protesting their own schools security, rather than trying to take my Constitutional rights away from me.