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The Virginia Tech Shootings
by Hanley (Doc) Harding   
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Last edited: Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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The Virginia Tech Shootings

“What we have here, is… failure, ta communicate.” Prison camp warden Strother Martin to prisoner Paul Newman in the movie “Cool Hand Luke” 

So many reasons have been posited, in this time of deep sadness over these terrible killings. Let’s take a closer look at what we (think we) know (so far) about the very deranged Cho Seung-Hui.

The young Seung-Hui (Korean names are in reverse to English names) was raised (probably quite strictly and impoverished) in Korea, until the age of eight. His parents then brought him to this country and established a successful business. (But, don't you find it strange that there has been little-or-no news coverage on them? Very mysterious.)

He now lived in the “land of plenty” but may have been ostracized by American children (and we all know how unfeelingly cruel children can be to others who are different). And/or, his parents may have been very strict, constantly pressuring him about the decadence of American society and how he must keep close to himself and the family. He may have been self-ostracizing, as he apparently was -- by all accounts -- at college.

He may possibly have been the victim of sexual abuse.

He may have been gay, battling powerful compulsions of homosexuality, maybe by trying to make connections with girls who promptly – even cruelly – rejected his attentions, which then seemed to turn into crude and disparaging text messages to those now-despised girls.

So now, he seethes within himself, blaming all around him for being the square peg trying desperately to fit into the round hole. He retreats into his own world… a world of self-loathing, self-torture and need for revenge against everyone and everything, which he deems responsible for his pain. In this emotional inner sanctum, he has denied any and all sense of responsibility for himself and the deadly actions he now plans. He produces a manifesto, to leave a record for the world, so it will (he believes) martyr him. And therein lies a major “failure, ta communicate”. Because it should be made very clear to all our children that none of these tragically disturbed killers will ever be martyred… will ever be written into the annals of history… for there are far too many builders of civilization – and many far worse destructors – who will be remembered… long after the deranged individual killers of our time have passed and been forgotten.

Who can say what a good and understanding father figure could have averted; what an insightful and understanding counselor could have averted; what an inspired and understanding clergyman could have averted; what a loving and understanding companion could have averted; what a close circle of friends could have averted; what a kind, understanding and beloved professor, such as the tragically slain Liviu Librescu, could have averted.

But we shall never know, shall we… because of that terrible “failure, ta communicate”.


Oh, and before you ask: “Just why weren’t his psychiatric records turned over to university authorities, so they might pre-empt such a tragedy?”… ask the ACLU… they would have fought such an action, tooth-and-nail… for free.

In memoriam to the lives lost in this terrible national tragedy...


Hanley “Doc” Harding

April, 2007



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Reviewed by Karin Fleischhaker-Griffin
In my opinion you have nailed this one. A child or young person does not turn out to be a killer without parental influence, or lack thereof. Those young persons who achieve greatness in thier lives may attribute their success to great parents.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
interesting article
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford
I've read many articles about the horror that occured on Monday. This was one of the best, however, no one seems to be aware, or mention if they are that the fact that the shooter was on antidepressants may have, may have mind you, played a factor in that it's well known in the medical field that those particular medications can cause suicidal and homicidal ideation in young patients. All the warning signs were there and nobody did anything. I blame him and I also blame all close to him who read his maniacal writings for not doing something.
Reviewed by Claywoman
I agree with the ACLU on this one because although I tell people about my depression, I know several people who have conquered their problems and go on to lead normal lives.

Not everyone with mental problems becomes a killer, just as not all Indians want to live off the reservation or become white or not all Italians are mafia.

It is my right not to have my medical problems discussed by doctors I trust. If I have cancer, I don't want it blazing across my chest that I am dying...Although you all know I am...

Psychiatrist cannot say anything to anyone not because of the ACLU, but because of the Hippicratic oath. They cannot say anything to anyone unless and this is a big unless, they are a danger to themselves or others and maybe, just maybe he never showed any of these tendencies...

I won't go into Peter Grasso's comments because they are beneath contempt and don't deal with anything rationally....
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine
Timely commentary indeed. R
Reviewed by Pete Grasso
1947 We threw God out of our Government - "Seperation of Church and State Ruling"
1962 We Threw God out of our Schools
1963 The Bible was Banded in our Schools
1970 The Ten Commandments were Ruled as "Unconstitutional"
1973 We legalized Abortion and the death toll is over 46M and Counting.

Is it no wonder that when when God was removed from our Country that the Hedge of Protection was torn down (Read Psalm 80 and the Early Chapters of Job)-- and therefore we now are paying the price of our own wicked society.

BTW... The ACLU was involved in EVERY one of these rulings.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield
very special and message that is deeply felt. i fail to see Cho's 'cause'. thanks for sharing this.
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