Cho Seung-Hui

The Virginia Tech Massacre shows us that school shootings are no longer a sport reserved for affluent emotionally disturbed suburban white kids. Cho Seung-Hui, the 23-year-old shooter, was an immigrant from South Korea that came to this country at the age of 8. Surely, he could have already been damaged goods when he got here. But he may have also been damaged, or driven over the edge, by our own ultra-materialistic hip-hop youth culture which is probably contributing to driving many of our kids crazy.

He wrote a play about a stepson and stepfather fighting with hammers and chainsaws. He wrote another play about students conspiring to stalk and kill a teacher that molested them. Was the shooter abused at home? Was he molested as a young child? We’ll probably never know. Sure, he probably didn’t have the best parenting. In other societies, people with poor parenting don’t succeed, but they also don’t go on shooting sprees. Why so much here?

What does this say about our society and culture? And more importantly, how can we make changes to ensure that this sport of school shootings doesn’t get corporate sponsorship? Our country is devoid of spiritual connection. People tend to value labels and luxuries instead of each other. Ultimately this may be what drives the kids to shoot. Hey, I am angry that Paris Hilton is a celebrity as much as the next guy, but it’s not worth shooting people over it. Is it?

2 Comments »

  1. I really wish that NBC would stop showing this kid’s “manifesto”. What does the constant footage really teach us other than he was a ranting sociopath in his final hours? In a predictable play for ratings, the killer’s chosen media outlet has allowed us all to feast on the aggressive ramblings of an obviously disturbed and messed up kid. So why show it over and over again? They have given voice to someone who has forfeited his right to it. I am sudddenly thinking that Oliver Stone was a prophet, as he taught us in Natural Born Killers, the media can turn any jetsum into a star- “I know murder is wrong, but if I could be a serial killer, I would be just like Mickey and Mallory…” NBC tells us that this kid compared himself to Jesus, well, I guess that they are the money changers in the temple. So, so sad- all of it.
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    #1 by Steve Thompson — April 19, 2007 @ 7:40 am

  2. I totally agree. Fuck this guy. He’s getting no more publicity from the Nug. Still, a very sad situation indeed. Thanks for your comment Steve.

    #2 by Nugget — April 22, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

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