April 21, 2013
What did Dzhokhar learn about Chechnya in school?
We've heard a lot of speculation about Tamerlan Tsarnaev as the reason Dzhokhar went bad, but maybe there were other influences, as well. Steve Urbon, a columnist for the local newspapers where Dzhokhar went to college, has broken the story of his academic path toward obsession with Chechnya. Naturally enough, it started in high school, at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Urbon writes in SouthCoastToday, a paper serving the New Bedford area: It was a perfectly logical thing to do. English teacher Steve Matteo at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School put his Chechen-born student in touch with a friend who happens to be one of the top experts on Chechnya, UMass Dartmouth's Brian Glyn Williams. That was two years ago. The assignment was to have each student in the very diverse class research their own ethnicity and write about it. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose family fled the horrors of the Russian occupation, was about to learn about some harrowing things he escaped from at a very...(Read Full Post)