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Shooter Takes Deadly Toll at Virginia Tech

❶In the wake of the shootings, numerous writers and creative-writing professors have sounded off on blogs and in submissions to The Chronicle.

2. Seung-Hui Cho Released a Manifesto

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Patrick Purdy, 25, in opened fire on a school yard filled with children in Stockton, Calif. Five kids were killed and 30 wounded. He been treated with Thorazine and Amitriptyline. Steve Lieth of Chelsea, Mich. Three died and one was paralyzed. Carneal reportedly was on Ritalin. Four students and a teacher were killed. The boys were believed to be on Ritalin. In , Shawn Cooper, 15, of Notus, Idaho, took a shotgun to school and injured one student.

He had been taking Ritalin. April 20, , Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 24 others. Harris had been taking Luvox. Todd Smith walked into as high school in Taber, Alberta, Canada in with a shotgun and killed one and injured a second student. He has been given a drug after a five-minute phone consultation with a psychiatrist.

Steven Abrams drove his car into a preschool playground in in Costa Mesa. He was on probation with a requirement to take Lithium. The same year Seth Trickey of Gibson, Okla. Elizabeth Bush, 14, was on Prozac. He has been taking Paxil and Effexor. In Tokyo in , Mamoru Takuma, 37, went into a second-grade classroom and started stabbing students. He had taken 10 times his normal dosage of an antidepressant. Antidepressants later were found in his vehicle. In , year-old Native American Jeff Weise on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota was under the influence of the antidepressant Prozac when he shot and killed nine people and wounding five before committing suicide.

Another case involving a school-age youth — although not at a school — happened in , when year-old Rod Mathews of Canton, Mass. William Cruse in was charged with killing six people in Palm Bay, Fla. The same year, Bartley James Dobben killed his two young sons by throwing them into a 1,degree foundry ladle.

Eli Lilly, which makes Prozac, later settled a lawsuit brought by survivors. Prozac and Valium were found in his system.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Brancaccio attacked and killed an year-old woman, covered her corpse with red spray-paint. He was two months into a Zoloft regimen. While on four medications including Prozac, Dr.

Lee added that "[Cho's] problem needed to be solved by spiritual power Hilscher and Ryan C. The shoes and bloody jeans were found in Cho's dormitory room where he had stashed them after the attack. Within the next two and a half hours, Cho returned to his room to rearm himself; he mailed a package to NBC News that contained pictures, digital video files and documents.

During February and March , Cho began purchasing the weapons that he later used during the killings. On February 9, , Cho purchased his first handgun, a. Cho was able to pass both background checks and successfully complete both handgun purchases after he presented to the gun dealers his U.

He was successful at completing both handgun purchases because he did not disclose on the background questionnaire that a Virginia court had ordered him to undergo outpatient treatment at a mental health facility. Cho also bought jacketed hollow-point bullets , which result in more tissue damage than full metal jacket bullets against unarmored targets [85] by expanding upon entering soft tissue.

During the investigation, the police found a note in Cho's room in which he criticized "rich kids", " debauchery " and "deceitful charlatans ". In the note, Cho continued by saying that "you caused me to do this. Through ballistics examination, law enforcement investigators determined that Cho used the Glock 19 pistol during the attacks at the West Ambler Johnston dormitory and at Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus.

He's been thinking about this for several months prior to the shooting. During the investigation, the matter of Cho's court-ordered mental health treatment was also examined to determine its outcome. Virginia investigators learned after a review of Cho's medical records that he never complied with the order for the mandated mental health treatment as an outpatient.

In response to questions about Cho's case, New River Valley Community Services maintained that its facility was never named in the court order as the provider for his mental health treatment, and its responsibility ended once he was discharged from its care after the court order.

Flynn added that, "When a court gives a mandatory order that someone get outpatient treatment, that order is to the individual, not an agency The one responsible for ensuring that the mentally ill person receives help in these sort of cases As a result, Cho escaped compliance with the court order for mandatory mental health treatment as an outpatient, even though Virginia law required community services boards to "recommend a specific course of treatment and programs" for mental health patients and "monitor the person's compliance.

The investigation panel had sought Cho's medical records for several weeks, but due to privacy laws, Virginia Tech was prohibited from releasing them without permission from Cho's family, even after his death. On June 12, , Cho's family released his medical records to the panel, although the panel said that the records were not enough.

The toxicology test from the official autopsy later showed that neither psychiatric nor any kind of illegal drugs were in his system during the time of the shooting. In August , Cho's family allowed Virginia Tech to release the records, along with those found in July , to the public. In the aftermath of the killing spree, Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine D appointed a panel to investigate the campus shootings, with plans for the panel to submit a report of its findings in approximately two to three months.

Kaine also invited former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to join the panel to "review Cho's mental health history and how police responded to the tragedy. The panel's final report devoted more than 30 pages to detailing Cho's mental health history. The report criticized Virginia Tech educators, administrators and mental health staff in failing to "connect the dots" from numerous incidents that were warning signs of Cho's mental instability beginning in his junior year.

The report concluded that the school's mental health systems "failed for lack of resources, incorrect interpretation of privacy laws, and passivity.

The report also confirmed that Cho was able to purchase two guns in violation of federal law because of Virginia's inadequate background check requirements. Cho's older sister prepared a statement on her family's behalf to apologize publicly for her brother's actions, in addition to lending prayers to the victims and the families of the wounded and killed victims.

Now I feel like I didn't know this person," she said in the statement issued through a North Carolinian attorney. I can't believe he did such a thing. In a article acknowledging the anniversary of the massacre, the Washington Post did a follow-up on the family, reporting that they had gone into hiding for months following the massacre and, after eventually returning home, had "virtually cut themselves off from the world. The only real outside contact they have maintained is with an FBI agent assigned to their care and their lawyer, refusing even to contact their own relatives in South Korea.

During the time period between the two shooting events on April 16, Cho visited a local post office near the Virginia Tech campus where he mailed a parcel with a DVD inside to the New York headquarters of NBC News , which contained video clips, photographs and a manifesto explaining the reasons for his actions.

The words "Ismail Ax" were scrawled in red ink on Cho's arm. Upon receiving the package on April 18, , NBC contacted authorities and made the controversial decision to publicize Cho's communications by releasing a small fraction of what it received.

The airing of the manifesto and its video images and pictures was upsetting to many who were more closely affected by the shootings: Peter Read, the father of Mary Read, one of the students who was killed by Cho during the rampage, asked the media to stop airing Cho's manifesto.

Police officials, who reviewed the video, pictures and manifesto, concluded that the contents of the media package had marginal value in helping them learn and understand why Cho committed the killings. Michael Welner , who also reviewed the materials, believed that Cho's rantings offer little insight into the mental illness that may have triggered his rampage.

Welner stated that "These videos do not help us understand Cho. This is a PR tape of him trying to turn himself into a Quentin Tarantino character.

He expressed hope that the unreleased material would never be made public. In his manifesto, Cho mentioned the Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and made frequent references to hedonism and Christianity while expressing anger about unspecified wrongs that were done to him. In one of the videos, Cho said:. I didn't have to do this. I could have left. I could have fled. But no, I will no longer run. If not for me, for my children, for my brothers and sisters that you fucked; I did it for them When the time came, I did it.

You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today, but you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off. I may be nothing but a piece of dogshit. You have vandalized my heart, raped my soul, and torched my conscience. You thought it was one pathetic boy's life you were extinguishing.

Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and defenseless people. Do you know what it feels to be spit on your face and have trash shoved down your throat? Do you know what it feels like to dig your own grave? Do you know what it feels like to have your throat slashed from ear to ear? Do you know what it feels like to be torched alive? Do you know what it feels like to be humiliated and be impaled upon on a cross?

And left to bleed to death for your amusement? You have never felt a single ounce of pain your whole life. Did you want to inject as much misery in our lives as you can just because you can? You had everything you wanted. Your Mercedes wasn't enough, you brats. Your golden necklaces weren't enough, you snobs. Your trust fund wasn't enough. Your Vodka and Cognac weren't enough. All your debaucheries weren't enough.

Those weren't enough to fulfill your hedonistic needs. You just loved to crucify me. You loved inducing cancer in my head, terrorizing my heart, and raping my soul all this time. When the time came, I did it In , pursuant to a class assignment, Cho wrote a short one-act play entitled Richard McBeef. The play focuses on John, a thirteen-year-old boy whose father has died in a boating accident, and John's stepfather, ex-football player Richard McBeef whom John constantly refers to as "Dick".

When Richard touches John's lap during an attempt at a 'father-to-son' talk, the boy abruptly claims that his stepfather is molesting him. John then accuses his stepfather of having murdered his biological father and repeatedly says that he will kill Richard. John, Richard and Sue John's mother are suddenly embroiled in a major argument.

Richard then retreats to his car to escape the conflict, but John, despite claiming repeatedly that Richard is abusing him, joins his stepfather in the car and harasses him.

The play ends with John trying to shove a banana-flavored cereal bar into his stepfather's throat; Richard, hitherto a passive character, reacts "out of sheer desecrated hurt and anger" by "swinging a deadly blow" at the boy. In a second play, Mr. Brownstone , written for another class assignment, Cho depicts three seventeen-year-olds John, Jane and Joe , who sit in a casino while discussing their deep hatred for Mr.

Brownstone, their year-old mathematics teacher. The three characters claim—using the phrase "ass-rape"—that Mr. John wins a multimillion-dollar jackpot from one of the slot machines, and Mr.

Brownstone, amid volleys of profanity from the students, reports to casino officials that the three teens are underage and have illegally picked up the winning ticket.

Brownstone tells the casino officials that it is he who has really won the jackpot and that the minors had stolen the ticket from him. Brownstone " is also the name of a Guns N' Roses song about heroin , [] [] and one page of Cho's play consists of lyrics from the song. Approximately one year before the incident at Virginia Tech, Cho also wrote a paper for an assignment in the "Intro to Short Fiction" class that he took during the spring semester.

In that paper, Cho wrote about a mass school murder that was planned by the protagonist of the story but, according to the story, the protagonist did not follow through with the killings. During the proceedings of the Virginia Tech panel, the panel was unaware of the existence of the paper written by Cho for his fiction writing class.

When information surfaced about the paper, the Virginia Tech panel learned at that time that only the Virginia State Police and Virginia Tech had copies of the unreleased paper in their possession. The Virginia State Police reported that, although it had a copy of the paper, Virginia law prevented them from releasing the paper to the panel because it was part of the investigative file in an ongoing investigation.

Virginia Tech, on the other hand, had known about the paper, and officials at the school discussed the contents of the paper among themselves in the aftermath of the shootings.

According to Governor Kaine, "[Virginia Tech] was expected to turn over all of Cho's writings to the panel" during the proceedings of the Virginia Tech panel. After some members of the Virginia Tech panel complained about the missing paper, Virginia Tech decided to release a copy of the paper to the panel during the latter part of the week of August 25, Edward Falco , a playwriting professor at Virginia Tech, has acknowledged that Cho wrote both plays in his class.

The plays are fewer than 12 pages long and have several grammatical and typographical errors. Falco believed that Cho was drawn to writing because of his speech difficulties.

Falco said of the plays, "They're not good writing, but at least they are a form of communication. Classmates believed "the plays were really morbid and grotesque.

The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn't have even thought of. Secret Service study that was conducted after the Columbine massacre, with violent writing cited as one of the most typical behavioral attributes of school shooters.

Secret Service concluded the study by saying that "[t]he largest group of [school shooters] exhibited an interest in violence in their own writings, such as poems, essays or journal entries," while school shooters' interest in other violent media was generally low. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the South Korean singer and actress, see Cho Seung-hee entertainer. This is a Korean name ; the family name is Cho. Loganathan Media coverage Timeline.

Biography portal South Korea portal Virginia portal. However, subsequent statements by the family indicated the preference for the Western ordering of Cho's name as Seung-hui Cho.

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The play by Cho Seung-Hui, a year-old English major, was submitted last year as part of a short story writing class. Entitled "Richard McBeef," Cho's bizarre play features a year-old boy who accuses his stepfather of pedophilia and murdering his father.

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Apr 20,  · A front-page article yesterday about the angry writings of Seung-Hui Cho, who went on a shooting rampage at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, misspelled the surname of a novelist whose books were among those he studied in a class on contemporary horror films and literature.

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Apr 18,  · Seung-hui Cho was a troubled and lonely student at Virginia Tech. He was 23 years old. Over and over, his writings and his behavior had raised alarms among the faculty and fellow students, and police say he opened fire in Monday's mass shooting. Seung-Hui Cho the Virginia Tech School Shooter left many writings and videos behind. Seung Cho was a student at Virginia Tech in when he went on his rampage. Join BasedShaman as we learn all about who Seung-Hui Cho was, what he did and what he left behind.

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Watch video · The massacre would leave 33 dead, including the alleged shooter, later identified as Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, who is believed to have taken his own life. Seung-Hui Cho would mail out his manifesto to the media in an attempt to defend and explain his rampage. Apr 17,  · Classmates and a professor say writings by Cho Seung-Hui, an English major accused of the Virginia Tech killing spree, were so disturbing that they felt he needed help.