During a year rife with tales of tragedy from within academia, yet another horrifying reality has been thrust forward out of its dark corner.
Many of the year’s most harrowing tales have been told to us from the site of something truly awful: A shooting at a local school. Santa Fe, Texas and Parkland, Florida immediately come to mind, like Columbine before them. It has felt at times like an epidemic, like a weight on the chest of our entire society. The pain and the grief compels us to action, but our legislative obstructionists do everything in their power to keep the debate alive over how best to protect our children.
After all, if a politician solves all of his constituents’ problems, what use is left for him or her?
Today, an unnerving find in the deserts of New Mexico has authorities baffled, and Americans once again feeling that heavy weight of worry.
The father of a missing 3-year-old who was arrested at a New Mexico compound last week was training children to commit school shootings, court documents filed on Wednesday revealed.
Prosecutors allege Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was conducting weapons training on the compound, where 11 children were found hungry and living in squalor. They asked Wahhaj be held without bail.
Authorities raided the compound on Friday after a monthslong search investigating the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, a boy with severe medical issues who went missing from Georgia in December.
Now for the even scarier part:
The makeshift compound — located near the Colorado border — was found shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Upon authorities’ arrival, Wahhaj was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30 round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said.
Hogrefe previously said the occupants of the compound were “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”
The find is certainly sobering: A radical Islamic terror training camp right here in the United States, where children were being armed and instructed on how best to carry out school shootings.
There will surely be more to report on this story in the coming days.