A Thought on the Virginia Tech Rampage

This was a tragic series of events – and we still do not know the origin of the problem. I do not believe this was fundamentally about guns or “campus security” or “Korean-ness.” It appears to be basically about unresolved pain and unchecked anger. I’m still processing and do not have anything particularly wise or insightful, but wanted to share these links because they provide a bit of back story, but only a bit. The school community and this nation need to know more and act proactively to address these kinds of situations.

Those quotes at the bottom of the page are from Nikki Giovanni.

clipped from thelede.blogs.nytimes.com

Inspiration for Cho's Images?

A self-shot photo of Mr. Cho, above, and a still from the Web site of the movie ‘Oldboy.’ (Photos: NBC News, top; Tartan Films)
In a Times review, Manohla Dargis wrote that the film’s “body count and sadistic violence” mostly appealed to “cult-film aficionados for whom distinctions between high art and low are unknown, unrecognized and certainly unwelcome.”
clipped from thelede.blogs.nytimes.com
“Once I realized my class was scared, I knew I had to do something,” she told The Washington Post.
So she confronted him about the dark sunglasses and maroon cap he would wear in class and the darker poetry that he would write.
“You can’t do that,” she told him, referring to the “intimidating” poems.
“You can’t make me,” he replied.
“Yeah, I can.”

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