CYPRESS (CBS) — Instead of spending his summer at the beach, a 21-year-old UCLA student is in Libya, assisting rebels in their hunt for Moammar Qaddafi.

Without telling his parents, Chris Jeon traded in his textbooks for an AK-47 to fight in the middle of what he calls “one of the only real revolutions in the world.”

Libyan officials confirm they found Jeon with rebels heading toward Tripoli. A graduate of Cypress High School, friends describe him as adventurous and brave.

Peter Duan says he disagreed with Jeon’s decision to go and begged his friend to stay.

“His response was that he wanted to see a revolution from the ground up,” Duan told CBS2.

Jeon purchased a one-way ticket to Cairo, where he told reporters, “It is the end of my summer vacation, so I thought it would be cool to join the rebels.”

Libyan families are now providing housing for Jeon.

Comments (7)
  1. last year in school says:

    that is BAD ASS. I wish him a safe return and a notebook full of his journals.

  2. Earl says:

    Goes to show you that education doesn’t make you smart. Why not help habitat for humanity or donate your time to some other charity.

      1. Earl is a vagina says:

        Imagine if there was a draft and Earl had to go to combat. Thank god, we have brave young men that volunteer to enlist

  3. E. Copeland says:

    I wonder how many Black Africans this little hero has rounded up, tortured and killed.

    I wonder if he’s proud to be fighting alongside Al Qaeda led rebels who were killing our troops just months earlier.

    I wonder how many rapes and indiscriminate killings he’s participated in.

    There is no good side to the war in Libya and it frightens me that this guy will be allowed to return to Los Angeles after picking up arms and killing people. I could stomach this story if he went there as a reporter, observer or humanitarian but not as a rebel.

    1. DR ED PHD says:

      I couldn’t have said it better myself!!! This guy is a sociopath and anarchist who is justifying his involvment by “wanting to see a revolution from the ground up”.
      This is all for self gratification of some sick demented fantasy.

  4. Steve says:

    Great. Another future hostage for our State Department to worry about. Clearly he doesn’t care about the pain his family will have to go through once he is kidnapped or God forbid something worse.

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