Cho's VT writings now online

Hundreds of pages of internal university documents released to the families of the victims of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech are now online. Among the papers posted by the Tech's Collegiate Times are several writings by Seung Hui Cho, the 23-year-old senior who shot and killed 32 Tech students and faculty before committing suicide. In one piece he read aloud to his Advanced Poetry class on October 10, 2005, reportedly the only time he ever spoke up in that class, he called his classmates "despicable human beings who are all disgraces to human race" and said, "I hope y'all burn in hell."


As helpful as these staff tried to be, it looks like the staff involved didn't make it much better when they tried to talk with Cho. I think, if people treated me that way, I would consider irrational behavior, too.

I think I know a thing or two about how to deal with troubled children. When I went to the Chesapeake Police and let them know that Principal Arthur V. Brandriff molested me in his office at Western Branch High School, CPD officer Duane Edmonds physically assaulted me on school property and made me understand that I would be killed should I call any attention to the matter, and that nobody would care.

But nobody ever made me feel like there was something wrong with me. In my youth I would have shown them.

I'm wondering what's the value of posting his writings online, other than satisfying voyeuristic urges or worse.