TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Next month will mark the third anniversary of the 2018 yoga studio’s murderous shoot in Tallahassee, Fla.
A recent study published by FSU uses this incident as a case study on the psychology behind hate crimes against women.
The researchers found that there were many warning signs leading to this tragedy, but officials did not seem to take these red flags seriously.
WCTV spoke with a researcher who spent over a year analyzing the factors that led to this incident.
Christopher Collins is a doctoral student at FSU who studies such terrorist attacks.
He preferred not to use the assailant’s name. Collins said that many people who commit these acts seek fame or notoriety, and he does not want to contribute to it.
Collins said the man in charge was not shy about expressing his anger at women.
Researchers characterized the man as an “incel” (short for “unintentionally bachelor”) – someone who holds anti-feminist views and uses the Internet to disseminate those views.
He had previously posted hateful videos and messages about violence against women.
Collins said there were plenty of opportunities for different official agencies to step in when the man showed signs of dangerousness.
“We have a lot of red flags, you know, this person was fired from former employers for watching porn on a state issue, a government computer for hitting a student in the chest, without any strictly speaking legal ramification, ”Collins said.
Collins said most incels are more active on the internet and do not act on their hateful attitudes towards women in the real world.
But the red flags displayed by the 2018 shooter ahead of his attack should have raised concerns.
Collins said one way to prevent future tragedies is for agencies to implement threat assessment programs, allowing them to keep an eye out for people who show signs that they might be prone to violence. .
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