VA Tech Massacre … the day after … Gunman was a Student (Update: Cho Seung Hui Identified as Shooter)
One day after the most deadly mass shooting in American history we learn that the shooter, an Asian male was a student at Virginia Tech. The shooters name has not yet been released. The ramifications of this tragic event will play out for years to come. To the educational system in this country, it is their 9–11. Changes will have to be made across every campus to provide better communication and information for the security and safety of students. Many questions will be raised from this heinous and tragic event.
UPDATE I: Centreville Student, Cho Seung Hui, Was Va. Tech Shooter.
No red flags there from those that knew Cho Seung Hui.
The 23-year-old student who police say is responsible for one of the deadliest shootings in modern history was described by teachers and classmates at Virginia Tech as an eccentric loner whose writings were violent and troubling.
Cho Seung Hui, who graduated in 2003 from Westfield High School in Fairfax County, is is responsible for killing 32 people during a shooting rampage at two buildings on the sprawling campus in Blacksburg, authorities said today.
Law enforcement sources said that Cho died with the words “Ismail Ax” in red ink on one of his arms, but they were not sure what the words meant.
Investigators also found a note left in the shooter’s dorm room, said to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation. “It’s sort of a manifesto” said the source, who described the note as a rambling and somewhat incoherent list of grievances. Among the people that Cho attacked in the note were those he considered rich, spoiled students, the source said. “It was just sort of against the world,” the source said.
A second note was found near Cho’s body. It also contained obscenities and angry denunciations of “rich kids” and others who he said had “ (Washington Post)
UPDATE II: Who’s joking Now?
Did we learn nothing from 9–11 and previous school shootings to warn people other others bizarre and abnormal behavior?
“We always joked we were just waiting for him to do something, waiting to hear about something he did,” said another classmate, Stephanie Derry. “But when I got the call it was Cho who had done this, I started crying, bawling.” (Yahoo News)
In typical loser fashion of a blame everyone else mentality, Seung-Hui Cho left a note that blamed other for the causes of his violent rampage. Heaven forbid this individual take responsibility for his own actions.
Seung-Hui Cho, the student who killed 32 people and then himself yesterday, left a long and “disturbing” note in his dorm room at Virginia Tech, say law enforcement sources.
He also wrote at least two violent plays for an English course that worried his professor and several classmates.
Sources described the note, which runs several pages, as beginning in the present tense and then shifting to the past. It contains rhetoric explaining Cho’s actions and says, “You caused me to do this,” the sources told ABC News. (ABC News)
As many had speculated after the horrendous massacre, were there signs that the gunman was showing prior to the shooting? Was he acting in a bizarre manner or did he do things that should have raised red flags? The answer appears to be yes, but no one did anything. Seung-Hui Cho’s writings should have been a warning.
Lucinda Roy, a co-director of the creative writing program at Virginia Tech, taught Cho in a poetry class in fall of 2005 and later worked with him one-on-one after she became concerned about his behavior and themes in his writings.
Roy spoke outside her home Tuesday afternoon, saying that there was nothing explicit in Cho’s writings, but that threats were there under the surface.
She said she notified authorities about Cho, but said she was told that there would be too many legal hurdles to intervene. She said she asked him to go to counseling, but he never did.
UPDATE IV: The Writings of a Mad Man
Read the Virginia Killer’s Violent Writings
Play told of pedophilic stepfather, murder of 13-year-old boy
UPDATE V: Va. Tech gunman writings raised concerns
News reports said that he may have been taking medication for depression and that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic.
Despite the many warning signs that came to light in the bloody aftermath, police and university officials offered no clues as to exactly what set Cho off on the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.
“He was a loner, and we’re having difficulty finding information about him,” school spokesman Larry Hincker said.
A student who attended Virginia Tech last fall provided obscenity- and violence-laced screenplays that he said Cho wrote as part of a playwriting class they both took. One was about a fight between a stepson and his stepfather, and involved throwing of hammers and attacks with a chainsaw. Another was about students fantasizing about stalking and killing a teacher who sexually molested them. (Yahoo News)
He was allowed to walk among us why? This is how we protect the masses of students, letting a troubled individual simmer into a time bomb?
The gunman in the Virginia Tech massacre was a sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, violence-drenched creative writing and left a rambling note raging against women and rich kids. (Charlotte Observer)