The president of the Tulane chapter of Turning Point USA believes the fire that was started on his dorm room door over the weekend was motivated by political hate.
Fox News reports:
Tulane campus police have arrested three suspects, two men and one woman, in the arson fire at the dorm room door of two university students whose personal information had been spread online revealing their participation in a libertarian youth organization.
It isn’t clear what motivated the attack, but [Peyton] Lofton says it’s possible the dorm room was targeted as a result of him being doxed a few days earlier for being a member of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a student political organization. Doxing is where someone posts personal information for others to find.
On March 17, the Twitter account associated with the handle, @YALexposed, posted a screenshot of his Facebook and mentioned he was a Tulane student. The screenshot read “Tulane’s own Peyton Lofton seems to like YAL’s offensive Facebook page.”
Cliff Maloney, president of the Young Americans for Liberty group posted this on his Twitter page:
THIS IS INSANITY!
Step 1. @YALiberty student Peyton Lofton DOXXED for being a YAL member
Step 2. His dorm room door is LIT ON FIRE?!
Dialogue and debate people… NOT VIOLENCE
— Cliff Maloney (@LibertyCliff) March 23, 2019
Donald Trump, Jr. even tweeted his disgust over the incident:
Wonder if the media will report this horrible crime against a campus conservative? https://t.co/0ER3O8NSD6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 23, 2019
Nola.com has more information on the three students who were arrested:
Robert Money, 21, David Shelton, 20, and Naima Okami, 20, each face one count of aggravated arson. The charge involves intentional damaging of property, by an explosive substance or fire, where it is “foreseeable that human life might be endangered.” The charge carries a possible sentence of between six and 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $25,000.
Money and Shelton are Tulane students, and Okami attends Brown University, according to Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker.
This has many of the markings associated with a politically-motivated attack, but police are still investigating the fire, which was caught on video. They haven’t yet determined the motive.
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