Let’s look a little deeper into Cho Seung-hui

The initial news on Cho Seung-hui, the man responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre, focused on his status as a loner, a troubled, anti-social young man who was intensely private and revealed little about himself except through his creative writing class submissions.

I was never satisfied with this superficial analysis of his chacacter, and the deeper problems that the VT tragedy hinted at, namely the culture of gun violence in the United States (which was examined excellently in Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine).

The blog Dream’s End has done some excellent investigative journalism, finding a link between Cho Seung-hui and another school shooter, Michael Kennedy. They went to the same school in Virginia, which also has a “business relationship” with defense contractor Northrup Grumman. There is a great deal more to explain Cho Seung-hui’s character than “loner,” and building profiles for guys like Cho, with the hope that future school shootings will be avoided, would be incomplete without taking into consideration some of the other influences which affect a mind.

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~ by Lola on April 23, 2007.

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