Friday, April 20, 2007

The Campus Killer and the Bullies

Holy Columbine! Just when you think it's getting better.... it gets worse. After days of subjecting their viewers to a seemingly endless mourn porn extravaganza, some members of the dumbo media are now acting like the born again sanctimonious over the Campus Killer's Tapes.

With a backlash growing against media organizations for repeatedly broadcasting video clips of the Virginia Tech killer, major U.S. networks on Thursday said they would drastically limit the use of the footage.

After running them every ten minutes all day long...and after just about everyone had seen them. Unless of course you depend on the CBC because they're not showing them.

I had this awful and sad feeling that there were parents watching these excerpts on NBC who were unaware they will lose their children in some future copycat killing triggered by these broadcasts.

Tony Burman, editor-in-chief, CBC News

Give me a fucking break. Or a pacifier. Who are these people...... journalists or nannies?

I on the other hand found the tapes fascinating and informative. They helped me understand more about Cho Seung-Hui....who he was and why he did what he did...than anything I read or watched before.

Do you know what it feels to be spit on your face and to have trash shoved down your throat? Do you know what it feels like to dig your own grave?

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 the defenseless people.

Helped me understand how ill and angry he was and where that anger came from.

Virginia gunman Cho Seung-Hui had endured years of bullying at school as a teenager...Cho had a difficult time in school. He was pushed around and laughed at over his shyness and the strange way he talked.

Once in English class, students laughed at Cho as he read, telling him to “Go back to China.”

Schoolyard gunmen come in all shapes and sizes. Some are mentally ill, some are not. But almost all of them are angry because they were bullied.

Just like I was.

I was lucky. Cho Seung-Hui wasn't. He was mentally ill so his anger got away from him. I was helped. He wasn't. So his demons finally turned him into a monster.

But really all he was at the end of his short and troubled life was a poor, lonely, mentally ill kid who finally exploded and lashed out blindly at others for what others had done to him.

Ready to commit suicide by killing others and then killing himself...

The tragic irony is Cho hardly ever said a word during that sad life.. They mocked him when he did. So he couldn't ask for help, and people didn't realize how sick he was.

Now he's dead hundreds of millions of people have heard him speak. But his torrent of angry words came too late to save him. Or save the lives of all the others.

I'm glad I saw the video. I'm glad people got a chance to see the sad face of mental illness. Instead of turning away as so many like to do. As if mental illness is contagious.

The accusation that the NBC broadcasts may provoke copycat attacks — the most serious charge against the network — appears to rest on a notion of severe mental illness as contagious, common and predictable. True, someone who is severely disturbed might want to better Cho’s “record” — but that does not mean that if his video were kept off the airwaves that person would not find other provocation. If only.

As if killing others and themselves is something kids do because they're copy cats...or monsters. As if it was all about the victims. I'm sory for them of course. But this story is just part of a larger story about a crime that goes on every day. How many tears can you shed before you start dealing with the causes ? And finding out what really happened so others don't die as well.

But of course I've seen it all before. And if I know anything I know this....

Long after the latest victims have been carried away and buried. And the blood has been washed off the floors and the walls. The brutal facts remain.

Until bullying is treated like the crime against humanity it is. Until young, angry, and mentally ill kids can be reached and treated in time. Until guns aren't so easily available..

The media can argue over pictures, and bury us in mourn porn.

But the killing will go on and on....


  1. It's terrible,and what some American journalist did was also terrible.They thought it was done by Chinese!How ridiculous!Fuck both and wish the 32 RIP...

  2. Sometimes I used to think I would explode like that one day, but I know I could never actually do it.

    I feel sorry for the innocent kids that were killed, but more sorry for the one who was killing.

  3. Hi Ur Merit!! yeah it was a horrible tragedy...but I liked that when the university held a memorial they had 33 memorial stones on the lawn. Cho did a terrible thing. But he was a victim too. As for thinking he was Chinese...some people in the West are really ignorant and think that all Asians are the same. But I know some history and culture so I can appreciate the differences...But of course the easiest way to tell you guys apart is that the Koreans are the ones wearing t-shirts with "We are all Cho" and the Chinese guys are the ones wearing t-shirts "We Hate Japan!" :)

    Hi Rashid!!....thank goodness you didn't....explode that is...I prefer you in your role as the gay hero in Little Mosque in Peterborough...rather than the villain in "The Crazy Jihadi" :)
    But seriously I feel sorry for them all... I can relate to Cho's anger...but nothing can justify what he did. Just help explain it. I hope that some good will come of this that mentally ill people can be helped instead of shunned.And of course, although we can't prevent mental illness we can do something to prevent bullying. I guess what I was trying to say was that it's easy to feel sorry. But instead of just weeping we should use the opportunity to examine what went wrong, and what can be done to try to stop it from happening again.