Gunman's writings were disturbing

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The gunman suspected of carrying out the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead was identified Tuesday as a English major whose creative writing was so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service.

Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior, arrived in the United States as boy from South Korea in 1992 and was raised in suburban Washington, D.C., officials said. He was living on campus in a different dorm from the one where Monday's bloodbath began.

Police and university officials offered no clues to his motive in the massacre, 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.

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said she did not personally know the gunman. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department's director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as "troubled."

"There was some concern about him," Rude said. "Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be. But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."

She said Cho was referred to the counseling service, but she said she did not know when, or what the outcome was. Rude refused to release any of his writings or his grades, citing privacy laws.


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  • by Michelle Location: Denison on Apr 20, 2007 at 01:19 PM
    He should be f***ing shot in the head, where them crazy ideas take place. This message edited by KXII Staff.
  • by dustin Location: okalahoma on Apr 19, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    he's a f**kin freak (This message edited by KXII Staff.)
  • by Phil Location: Sherman on Apr 18, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    Unfortunatly there is not much that can be done to prevent episodes like this from happening in a free society such as ours. I have a sense of dread that Radical Islam will eventually start doing things like this just because we are powerless to stop it. The only thing that makes me feel secure now is the licensed concealed weapon that I carry with me at all times, and even that would not have stopped this slaughter from happening because it is against the law to carry a concealed handgun on campus. Also, I would like to say to the folks that will try to use this tragic event to stiffen gun laws that this guy would have used an axe or bow and arrows if he had to. He wanted to kill as many as he could and would have found a weapon of some sort to accomplish this goal.
  • by maxine Location: childress, tx on Apr 17, 2007 at 04:06 PM
    I do not think the second shootings could have been prevented, even if the campus was on lock down. This man didn't do anything to draw attention. He was not popular on campus so no one knew him. He went back to his dorm no one knows how long he was there before the second shootings took place. He could have been one in the crowd watching the police searching for the (apparently the first shooter. This was planned to the last minute.
  • by Does it matter? Just a concerned parent. Location: Gunter on Apr 17, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    This guy was crazy. I say there should be more security in public institutions no matter where they're at. Kids have to go to school knowing they are safe even though they really aren't as much as we parents would like.
  • by Tricia Location: Tioga on Apr 17, 2007 at 12:45 PM
    I was searching AOL a little bit ago, and I found what they are claiming to be some of the writings of Cho. I don't know if they are authentic. They were pretty disturbing though.
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