Stochastic Terrorism: Lone Wolf Violence

Insider, Nov 8, 2022, Erin Snodgrass

Stochastic terrorism is a “lone wolf” type of extremist violence that occurs when a group of people has been dehumanized and othered. Those prone to such violence have a strong sense of moral righteousness, and have created a strict binary between good and evil, casting their enemies as villains.

Example of Stochastic Terrorism: Zip ties & death threats for elementary school principal

International Business Times, Sept. 5, 2021, Nirmeeti Patole

Three men with zip ties attempted to arrest an elementary school principal during the school day because of the school’s compliance with county health department covid rules. The principal said she received a death threat immediately after the encounter. “The next time it will be a barrel pointed at your Nazi face…Remember, Tucson is a small community and you have a target on your back for enforcing unlawful orders.”

Arizona official targeted by election deniers now struggles with PTSD

Washington Post, May 6, 2023, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez

“First came the misinformation. Then the relentless criticism and violent threats. Under attack, the county official struggled to cope with his anger…A therapist would soon tell him he was experiencing classic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition typically associated with wartime veterans and violent assaults.”