Apr 20, 2007

It's Time to Forget Cho Seung-Hui

Memorial service for victims of the Virginia Tech massacreMemorial service for victims of the Virginia Tech massacre

The massacre at Virginia Tech came as a shock to most Americans, especially given the fact that we consider our universities to be safe havens for learning. The demented mind of mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui, however, forced us to consider that there are no sanctuaries from violence.

Since the disclosure on Tuesday of the identity of Cho Seung-Hui, there has been an informational feeding frenzy to learn why this killer took the lives of so many innocent people. The discovery of Cho Seung-Hui's venomous manifesto, though, took the public's obsession with the dead sociopath to a higher level.

It is time now for us to forget this disturbed young man whose delusional rage resulted in the deaths of 32 members of the Virginia Tech community. Let's relegate Cho Seung-Hui to a dusty shelf in the corners of our minds, and instead remember people like:
Ross Abdallah Alameddine
James Christopher Bishop
Brian Roy Bluhm
Ryan Christopher Clark
Austin Michelle Cloyd
Kevin P. Granata
Matthew Gregory Gwaltney
Caitlin Millar Hammaren
Jeremy Michael Herbstritt
Emily Jane Hilscher
Jarrett Lee Lane
Matthew Joseph La Porte
Henry J. Lee
Liviu Librescu
Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan
Lauren Ashley McCain
Daniel Patrick O'Neil
Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz
Minal Hiralal Panchal
Daniel Alejandro Perez
Erin Nicole Peterson
Michael Steven Pohle, Jr.
Julia Kathleen Pryde
Mary Karen Read
Reema Joseph Samaha
Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
Leslie Geraldine Sherman
Nicole White


Anonymous said...

AMEN. Enough with this sick bastard.

mia said...

You're right we should remember those lost, but we shouldn't forget the cause of their death either.

I read an insightful column on this terrible tragedy.

here is the link if you are interested


Anonymous said...

Wake up!! This person was obviously a victim of harassment, abuse, and bullying. Read between the lines of the irresponsible media reporting blaming it all on Cho.....when will this country wake up to the REAL atrocity of organized stalking and harassment. The kids at Columbine School were harassed and abused. I suspect most of the victims Cho killed were responsible for making Cho's life miserable - as colleges are full of organized stalkers - "perps", as the victims of this despicable crime refer to them. Educate yourself and find out what this covert, hideous crime that pervades every fabric of our society is REALLY about: organized stalking and harassment -
I can assure you almost every sheriff and cop and ambulance driver in that community and most of the teachers and students know exactly what really happened. I suspect Cho is the real victim in all of this.

microdot said...

anonymous#2, you echoed in other words what I wrote in the first post in this series by mike and my loudest comment that keeps going through my head.
This didn't happen because America is too tolerant, this happened and keeps on happening because America is not tolerant enough!
We create loners and outsiders. We learn to hate others different than outselves. 75% of Americans listen to commentators like O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Coulter and the trash hate spewing radio talk that passes for dialogue these days. We define ourselves by our hate.
America has alwayys said that it is a nation of tolerance. Saying it doesn't make it so!

Anonymous said...

Cho's writing and ranting do not constitute a manifesto to me. Not anymore meaningful than that of the Unabomber, for example, who was a well-known mental case.

Knowing a little about mental illness, I think that it's futile to read too much into the mind of a sick person. We human always try to make sense out of coincidences, seeing shapes in the cloud, patterns or messages in Rhorschach inkblot tests.

Same with Cho's ranting and raving. Just non-sense from a deranged mind. It seems to have some sense, but really not. His brain chemicals were in the emotional state of rage. His ranting and raving were just the external linguistic manifestation of that neurological state. No different from seeing stars or hearing ringing sound when our heads are whacked.

He was a sick person who should have been treated or restrained.

Don't quickly blame his family or classmates who bullied him. Yes, it is not morally right to bully or intimidate a student, but these people don't become killers. His parents' only known fault right now was that they had not realized that their genetic combination would have produced a defective child. Hardly something that anyone of us can do better, until genetic screening becomes more advanced.

Anonymous said...

Like the columbine kids and other more recent killers (the texas woman who killed her children), it's likely cho was on anti depressants.

some people refer to these as mental poisons. the suicides, homicides, withdrawals, etc. speak for themselves.

oh look, a new rite aid. i feel safe.

Veritas said...

Anonymous#3: surely Cho's manifesto is the important missing piece of information that we need to answer the question why he did this.

The Unabomber's manifesto (http://www.thecourier.com/manifest.htm) is huge. The arguments contained in it are weighty and cannot be hastily dismissed as the products of a "mental case". While the unreleased 16 pages of Cho's manifesto are highly unlikely to be of the same standard they will be important insights into the ideas that motivated him.

imahokie said...

In regards to Anonymous #2 laying blame on the students and faculty that were killed. Do you really think that ALL of those people singled out and bullied this sick individual? That a Professor would do that? If so, you are just as delusional as he was. Granted, bullying does exist and should be dealt with. But for the life of me I cannot imagine that these 32 innocent people even came in contact with this killer. He was sick and was seeking revenge for things that he created in his own mind. As for Cho being the real victim, you need to WAKE UP and take a trip to Virginia Tech. To see the memorials of the REAL victims. To stand in front of Norris Hall and see the broken windows and just imagine what these innocent people went through. I have a daughter there and I did go and I will never forget or forgive.