Other than some praise from the Islamic State, there hasn’t been a lot of support for Ohio State University knife attacker Adbul Razak Ali Artan.
One OSU professor emeritus, Dr. William Clark, spoke to the press Tuesday afternoon about Monday’s attack. He was flipped into the air after being struck by Artan’s car, which jumped a curb and struck several people. Clark told reporters he was going to withhold judgment on his attacker, in part because he was happy just to be alive. “I’m going home, he’s dead,” he reasoned.
— Charles Hadlock (@NBChadlock) November 29, 2016
OSU victim on attacker: "Before I pass judgment on this young man I would like to see exactly what the circumstances are." pic.twitter.com/9b5nI8WcNL
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 29, 2016
OSU Professor William Clark says he wasn't aware he was injured following incident until someone told him he was bleeding.
— Jo Ingles (@joingles) November 29, 2016
"Until we know all the facts, I'd prefer to reserve judgment." -Prof. William Clark, injured in the OSU attack, on the attacker
— Laurie Crosswell ? (@lauriecrosswell) November 29, 2016
OSU Professor says:"Before I pass judgement on this young man, Id like to see exactly what the circumstances were.Im going home, he's dead."
— Dayton Daily News (@daytondailynews) November 29, 2016
That was a remarkably calm and measured response from someone actually injured in the attack; however, a Facebook post from the assistant director of OSU’s Office of Residence Life was downright sympathetic toward not the victims, but Artan.
Though it was marked, “DO NOT SHARE THIS POST,” someone decided it needed to be seen far and wide, and it was as it made the social media rounds Tuesday.
— Hashtag Deplorable (@realshady8kers) November 29, 2016
@realshady8kers "Do not share this post"? Well, that didn't work.
— Running Waters (@Runningwaters10) November 29, 2016
Compassion? Sure, that’s something we all could work on developing. But that swelling of compassion ran out quickly when confronted by the #BlackLivesMatter and especially the #SayHisName hashtags at the end alongside #BuckeyeStrong.
Yes, here we have a young, black man shot by a cop. But we’re going to go ahead and assume the officer wasn’t driven by racism so much as the sight of Artan attacking with a butcher knife people he’d just run down with his car.
— Belinda_santas_B (@Belindahenry18) November 29, 2016
— Mark J. Morris (@MarkJMorris1) November 29, 2016
— gulfmiss (@gulfmiss) November 29, 2016
— John Gerard (@gerardjohn26) November 29, 2016
— Maureen K (@Maur2009) November 29, 2016
— Edmund Burke (@EdmundBurke_USA) November 29, 2016
— John Huckley (@John_Huckley) November 29, 2016
@realshady8kers Of course she had to throw that Black Lives Matter # at the end. Clueless professors lead to clueless students
— Eg0nz63 (@Eg0nz63) November 29, 2016
— Lucky Eat-Anter (@LuckyEatAnter) November 29, 2016
— HB3 (@HB3third) November 29, 2016
— Carolyn Bailey (@Carobailey864) November 29, 2016
— Laura (@horserider2244) November 29, 2016