Virginia Tech Massacre

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Samantha Mackowiak
Dr. Kozlowski
English 2 D
14 May 2009
A Destructible Outcome to a Preventable Cause:
The Reasons of the Virginia Tech Massacre
Volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes are unpreventable disasters in nature. Society goes along day by day knowing that they can occur and there is nothing we can do about it because it is not our place to control. Shootings, however, are preventable. Our law enforcement holds the power to grant and take away weapons, but still so many people are able to acquire these items and use them for their own ill will. Due to the previous lack in gun control in the US, Cho Seuing-Hui was able to massacre 33 people at Virginia Tech University on April 17, 2007, despite the fact he had clearly been an unstable candidate for possession of a weapon, and only after this horrible atrocity was committed were the gun laws finally made stricter and more conservative and were campus security and safety officially readjusted to keep closer watch on mentally ill students.

Many people have believed that Cho Seung-Hui had been unstable from the time he was born. He dismissed himself as an attribute to society. Seung-Hui’s childhood had been one of scorn and ridicule and he had been trapped in a generational warp. His peers did not accept him for his Korean-American ethnicity. Seung-Hui’s parents sent him to Christian youth camps that only darkened him. While he was there, he was not saved from the harassment from others or the mocking that was brought upon him. It is believed that somewhere, somehow there was a great deal of emotional stress plunged upon Seung-Hui that caused his feelings of alienation to increase drastically (Making of a Massacre p. 4-7).

Professors and researchers believed Seung-Hui’s mental disposition may have been caused by overwhelming pressure from academics. Seung-Hui’s parents had immigrated from Korea in hopes of him being able to pursue the American dream through the increasing education opportunities. In addition to the already high standards his parents had for him, the Seung-Hui’s only wanted Cho to attend an Ivy League school (Making of a Massacre p.9-10). The increasing stress on Cho eventually led to him having breakdowns during school. He would sit in the back of classrooms and shut away from everyone. His parents attempted to get him help, but he was already too far gone.

As Seung-Hui grew older, he was accepted into Virginia Tech University. Virginia Tech was not the Ivy League school his parents had dreamed of, but they were still proud of his accomplishments of being accepted. People say around this time, Seung-Hui was finally being accepted. He was often invited to parties and outings with people in his classes or from around his dorm. At the outings however, Seung-Hui would remain expressionless and not talk about personal experiences. When he did speak, they were ridiculing, twisted, and perverted remarks. Pretty soon, he began sending harassing text messages to girls which led to him to be reported as a stalker (Shute, Nancy p.1). His fellow college mates were highly scared of him.

The signs that Seung-Hui may have had psychological problems were becoming more and more evident. In 2005, he was hospitalized as a suicide risk and released when he convinced a judge he wouldn’t kill himself. (Shute, Nancy p.2) He wrote poems pertaining to death and took pictures of his fellow classmates from under his desk. His antics caused students to stop attending classes to be able to avoid him. When asked to clean the content of his poetry or drop the class himself, he responded to his teacher, “You can’t make me,” (Making of a Massacre p. 14-19). Lucinda Roy was the teacher of this creative writing course at Virginia Tech. She had eye witnessed the fear Seung-Hui consistently instilled in his classmates and even herself. On numerous occasions she attempted talking with him. She wanted to discuss opportunities for...
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