The Troubled Mind of the Virginia Tech Shooting Suspect

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My heart goes out to the victims in the Virginia Tech mass shooting incident. So many young lives wasted, so many tears, so many questions. WHY? WHY?

I can just imagine the grief and hoplessness the victims’ families are feeling right now. What boggles me is the mental state of [tag]Cho Seung-Hui[/tag], the 23-year-old suspect in the [tag]Virginia Tech[/tag] massacre that left 33 people dead and others hospitalized.

What troubled him?

Take a look.

On Tuesday, authorities identified as a senior undergraduate English major at the school, where officials have said that Cho’s creative writing was so disturbing that he was referred to the school’s counseling service, the Associated Press reports.

“He was a loner, and we’re having difficulty finding information about him,” school spokesman Larry Hincker said Tuesday. Police and university officials, however, could not provide any reason for why he might have been responsible for the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.

Still, the Chicago Tribune reports that Cho was becoming increasingly violent and erratic, and that he left a rambling note in his on-campus dormitory room in which he railed against “rich kids,” “debauchery” and “deceitful charlatans” at school. The paper, on its Web site, also said he recently set a fire in a dorm room and stalked some women.

Source: Virginia Tech Suspect Called ‘A Loner’

I agree with Cathy that bullying can be a culprit or some childhood abuses might have aggravated his state of mind. A high school classmate says that Cho Seung-Hui was bullied by fellow high school students who mocked his shyness and the strange way he talked.

His professor had concerns over his creative writing and who described Cho as “troubled.” Apparently he was referred to the counseling service, though the results are unknown as of this time.

Do you think Counselling is enough to sort out a troubled mind? Perhaps his medication for mental depression was not the right meds. With therapy and with the right meds, Cho might have had a chance. But without any professional help, a troubled person has impaired social interaction and other difficulties. Even reading blogs or being a blogger might not be enough to soothe a troubled mind.

Persons with a troubled mind can’t just snap out of their miserable state. They need professional help.

I don’t want to blame the boy’s family for this. See, a family can get used to their children’s personality thinking it is normal behavior.

Take for instance this bereaved mother of a 23 year old boy who died by suicide. So why am I comparing suicide and the mass shooting? Let me continue…the boy was a loner, who kept to himself in his room during weekends. The mother tried to get answers surrounding the death of his son from his friends but didn’t get any. Though he had friends, he never confided in them. His friends were just as baffled. The mother suspects that her son had a troubled mind after she was told that suicide may have been caused by her son’s undiagnosed depression.

My point is the family might not be able to sense or assess if their kids are troubled. Is it the school’s responsibility to inform the parents of the boy of their suspicions. After this shooting massacre, will teachers become more sensitive to their student’s writing? Will creative writing students inhibit themselves from writing dark and depressing themes for fear of being labelled as “troubled”?

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university’s English department has this to say

Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it’s creative or if they’re describing things, if they’re imagining things or just how real it might be. But we’re all alert to not ignore things like this.

Professor Lucinda Roy adds that

““I think it’s crazy” that there are no stronger procedures for dealing with seriously troubled students, she said in an interview with NBC News. ““I think there needs to be a change. We must intervene, and that is all there is to it.”

My personal view on the matter is that the school should inform the parents if they see signs of a “troubled mind”. How else will the parents know? The sad part is that since the boy is in a US college, parents don’t need to be informed.

What about the children in our own country?

Schools implement random drug testing which is commendable . The good news is that drug usage is measurable and parents can take action to rehabilitate their children. What about our kids’ mental state? It’s not easily identified. Schools like Ateneo College require annual psychological testing. I don’t think the state university requires psychological testing. I have heard of death by suicides in my alma mater even during my time. Our country might not experiece a similar [tag]Virginia Tech Shooting[/tag] spree because guns are not easily available. But wait. Troubled kids go into drugs though. And when they can’t get their drugs, they might commit criminal offenses.

School , family , peer pressures and a troubled mind are just a few of the ingredients to snap a fragile mind.

Let’s all take care of our mental health as well.

Breaking News indicates he was declared dangerous even before the shooting incident.
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CNN also learned Wednesday that in 2005 Cho was declared mentally ill by a Virginia special justice, who declared he was “an imminent danger” to himself, a court document states.

A temporary detention order from General District Court in the commonwealth of Virginia said Cho “presents an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness.”

A box indicating that the subject “Presents an imminent danger to others as a result of mental illness” was not checked.

In another part of the form, Cho was described as “mentally ill and in need of hospitalization, and presents an imminent danger to self or others as a result of mental illness, or is so seriously mentally ill as to be substantially unable to care for self, and is incapable of volunteering or unwilling to volunteer for treatment.”

More at Gunman sent package to NBC News

here is the youtube of [tag]Cho Seung-Hui Killing Manifesto[/tag]