Shhhh--the media are defining the Virginia Tech terrorist massacre in ways that ensure similar events will recur. Such as:
- A Tragedy
- Cause for Weeping
- Cause for thoughts and feelings
- Need for extended therapy
This is exactly the action plan that allowed this massacre to take place and will allow more in the future. The only appropriate word for it is outrage. These things can easily be prevented, there are always others who have prior knowledge of their likelihood.
- AND SAY NOTHING FOR FEAR OF "OFFENDING SOMEONE'S FEELINGS," ETC.
The reason you can't leave your home today is because of "political correctness," the rule of avoiding anything controversial. Those who've bought and sold this philosophy are the real mass murderers.
- IF ONLY WE'D BEEN MORE 'UNDERSTANDING' OF THE MASS MURDERER, IF WE'D GIVEN HIM MORE GOVERNMENT 'PROGRAMS,' IF WE'D ALL JUST KEEP QUIET, MAYBE HE WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN MAD ENOUGH TO KILL US.
I don't see how Virginia Tech can survive this as it's clearly negligence on the administration's part. The lawsuits may do them in. (Some parents already call for firing of Va. Tech president and campus police
Yet, these school officials are so blindingly incompetent they're also contradicting themselves today:
- HERE WE GO: The murderer, an "English major whose creative writing was so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service."
- "He was a loner, and we're having difficulty finding information about him," school spokesman Larry Hincker said.
Since the previous statement about his referral to counseling is in the same article, the
"spokesman" is obviously incorrect.
Quotes in AP story by Adam Geller published by Yahoo News, 4/17/07, "Gunman's Writings Were Disturbing."
- UPDATE: Emphasizing fear instead of prevention is the opposite of what's needed. Thom Loverro of the Washington Times makes things worse by doing the former in his 4/17/07 column. Now I know where he stands: "Reminded Again of Frailty of Life," is not helpful.
Someone gets a clue at University of Colorado,
Of course, most School Massacres are Preventable
says German psychologist at sister college of Virginia Tech, 4/18/07
- FROM THE NY TIMES, 4/18/07--PLENTY OF INFO ABOUT THE KILLER IS READILY AVAILABLE. WHY HAVEN'T VA. TECH OFFICIALS BEEN ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE?
"The hostility in the videos was apparent in 2005, when Mr. Cho’s sullen and aggressive behavior culminated in an unsuccessful effort by the campus police to have him involuntarily committed to a mental institution in December.
For all the interventions by the police and faculty members, Mr. Cho was allowed to remain on campus and live with other students. There is no evidence that the police monitored him and no indication that the authorities or fellow students were aware of any incident that pushed him to his rampage.
Despite Mr. Cho’s time in the mental health system, when an English professor was disturbed by his writings last fall and contacted the associate dean of students, the dean told the professor that there was no record of any problems and that nothing could be done, said the instructor, Lisa Norris."
Article in the NY Times, 4/18/07, "Killer Showed Troubled State in Fall 2005," by Shaila Dewan and Marc Santora