- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FBI officials have been visiting New Jersey high schools to warn students against joining the Islamic State militant group.

An FBI intelligence analyst, who did not wish to be identified, spoke at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in Bergen County on Tuesday, a local CBS affiliate fbi-isis-bergen-county/” target=”_blank”>reported.

He showed students a sophisticated recruitment video trying to lure young people into joining the terrorist group.

“There’s a role for everybody. Every person can contribute to the Islamic State,” a young Canadian man says in the recruitment video, CBS reported. “You can even come here and rebuild.”

“It definitely was eye-opening,” high school senior Zoey Zibor told CBS. “You know, you learn that it’s in your own backyard. It’s Americans citizens wanting to join these terrorist groups.”

The school is one of many in New Jersey that the FBI has come to with its alarming message that regular American kids could be vulnerable to this kind of propaganda, CBS reported.

“It was videos and all social media that no one is really that aware of what’s happening; how deep they go into Facebook and Twitter now,” said senior Aaron Brunert.

“I would say I am more interested than I am scared,” said senior Robert Harris. “I want to know how to find terrorists; how to stop them from doing things.”

The FBI said more than 150 Americans have traveled abroad to join the Islamic State, many of them teenagers. Previous FBI community outreach program focused more on issues such as cyber-bullying, but the agency hopes this new angle will prevent kids from falling for harmful propaganda. The FBI plans to take its message to other schools in the tri-state area to reach kids at critical adolescent ages, CBS reported.

“Our students; our young people have to understand that they have a part to play in counterterrorism operations here,” said Leo McGuire, security director at the Bergen County school.

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