Examiner- Student Michael Chalfan said he was walking to class when he saw a group of police officers running after the suspect. He said one of the officers used a stun gun to help subdue the man, who Chalfan said he recognized from a drama class last year. Chalfan described the man as “eccentric,” saying he often wore gloves and was known to carry stuffed animals. He said although the man was teased by fellow students, he remained friendly. “I’m surprised because he didn’t look like he was hateful to the world,” Chalfan said.
Washington Post- No one answered the door or the phone at the red brick home, though two vehicles were parked in the driveway, one of them a Honda Accord with a license plate that read “DYLAN.” It was not immediately known if Quick has an attorney.
Fox Rio- The Harris county sheriff says the suspect is enrolled in the Lone Star college system. Some students say he usually carries a stuffed animal around campus. “We’ve all seen him on campus. (the guy who carries around the monkey?) Yeah, the monkey, yeah,” said a witness.
Obviously this kid is a lot of bit off, and even though I’m not trying to make light of a situation where 14 people were stabbed on a college campus I can’t be the only person that realizes by deciding to go through with his brilliant plan of slashing people with an X-Acto knife Dylan Quick just made life so much harder for every self-diagnosed Asperger’s sufferer in the country. This is how stereotypes start.
I consider myself a nominally tolerant person. It used to be if I saw a kid walking around campus wearing Transitions lenses and cargo shorts full of Magic cards/card to practice magic tricks with, I probably would’ve made fun of them in my head and continued about my day. But not anymore. Now whenever I pass someone with a ponytail and Adventure Time t-shirt that accentuates their moobs I’m going to have the same reaction as I do when I accidentally end up at a party full of “football players”: I’m going to assume something bad is about to happen.
And like I said, I don’t want it to seem like I’m making fun of the kid. Besides the whole knife attack part, good for him for doing his own thing. If anyone should be laughed at it’s the social media hardo who bragged about taking him down. Good job, Steve. You stopped the long-haired deaf ginger drama kid who drives around in a car with a vanity plate of his first name and who walked around campus wearing fingerless Naruto gloves and a stuffed money with its arms Velcroed around his neck. Thank god you stopped him before literally anyone else could have.