Cho: A study in what’s wrong
Most of my information comes from wikipedia under VA Tech Massacre.
So many things were wrong in the Cho case that I am surprised something like the VA Tech Massacre doesn’t happen monthly.
In the first place, Cho was disturbed when he lived in Fairfax County and went to Westfield High School. He was diagnosed with selective mutism and major depressive disorder. He was treated for these illnesses and he received special ed services for at least 2 years of high school.
Tech was never told about this. Apparently it violates a student’s privacy to pass this information along to a receiving school. This law needs to change. A receiving school should have every right to know this about a student. He graduated in 2003.
In the second place, Cho was refused instruction in 2005 from Professor Nikki Giovanni because he refused to change the sinister content of his poems in her class. He advised her she couldn’t throw him out of class. He received private instruction from another instructor Lucinda Roy once Giovanni refused to teach him. Both Giovanni and Roy reported him to Division of Student Affairs, the Cook Counseling Center, the Schiffert Health Center, the Virginia Tech police and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
In the third place, Cho had a problem with annoying women. He had several report him for inappropriate texting etc. He was told to stay away from one woman by the campus police. At one point he texted his roommate threatening suicide. The parents were contacted as well as the campus police by Cho’s roommate.
According to WikI:
Tuesday, December 13, 200
Cho’s paperwork, declaring Cho “an imminent danger to self or others,” was sent to court.
- Cho was transported to Carilion St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital where psychologist Roy Crouse determined that Cho “presents an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness.”
Wednesday, December 14
- Cho was released from Carilion St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital after his examination by Roy Crouse.
Neither the court, the university nor community services officials followed up on the judge’s order, according to dozens of interviews. Cho never got the treatment, according to authorities who have seen his medical files.
The above encounter with mental health facilities illustrates how unconnected the dots are for people in emotional crisis. The kid was declared an imminent danger to himself or others and was released? No follow up? This negligence is bordering on criminal. He needed to be hospitalized. That never happened.
Cho also bought one of his murder weapon guns off the Internet.
Friday, February 2
- Cho ordered a handgun online. He purchased the .22 caliber Walther P22 on the Internet from TGSCOM, Inc.
Friday, February 9
He practiced at the range. Range employees reported seeing a young man videotaping himself in the parking lot at the range. This didn’t send up red flags to someone?
There are many other incidents that given hind-sight, might alert anyone to what a troubled young man Cho was. However, the above accounting certainly shows where weak laws, both dealing with mental health and follow up and gun/ammo laws just aren’t there for public safety. The case of Cho and consequently, the VA Tech Massacre are pictures of total systemic failure in the way things are supposed to work.
When we are more worried about the rights of gun hobbyists and mentally ill people than we are about the safety of the rest of the human race, something is terribly, terribly wrong.
It isn’t just about guns. However, I see gun groups striving much harder to protect real and imaginary “rights” than I see them protecting public safety. The rest of us shouldn’t have to dive on grenades in the form of these sick F***’s who would kill us all while on a rampage.
Something is going to change. Americans aren’t going to indulge the shoot em up crowd any longer. They are going to need to rein in their desire to have whatever weapon is out there. Common sense and public safety are going to win the day. Carpe Diem.
Why is a pawn shop the place to pick up an Internet gun?
Why is ammo a hot ticket ebay item?
Why was Cho turned loose 24 hours after being picked up for psych eval? He was declared mentally ill. Why was he not hospitalized? Why was there no follow up?
Why wasn’t he sent home from tech until he got the all clear that he was stable?
Why didn’t the Giovanni incident send up red flags to someone? It was reported.