What kind of teen do these behaviors describe to you?
“Parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home—becoming confrontational. Religious leaders might notice unexpected clashes over ideological differences. Teachers might hear a student expressing an interest in traveling to a conflict zone overseas. Or friends might notice a new interest in watching or sharing violent material.”
A normal teenager?
A below average teen going through some struggles at home? Maybe dabbling with drugs or alcohol?
An advanced student curious about world affairs, possibly showing an interest in government service?
A student who wants to have a career as a war journalist? A motion picture director? Game maker?
All of these guesses are wrong, according to White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco. She says (with all seriousness) that if you see a teen that fits this description, you may have a terrorist on your hands.
You can feel safe, though. “Monaco said that in addition to citizen alertness, the Department of Homeland Security is increasing its partnerships across the country and making hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money available annually to local law enforcement to help improve anti-terrorism security at the municipal and county level.”