Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The Campus Killer and the Carnival of Death
I tried to avoid the story of the campus killer today. Not because it's so tragic, but because it's so predictable.
The shock, the grief. The victims. The missed signals. The arguments over gun control. And of course the million stories about how the killer was a loner. I've heard them all before.
Cho Seung-hui was revealed to be a troubled loner of South Korean descent who left behind a disturbing note of grievances against his university saying: "You caused me to do this."
As if happy well adjusted kids with lots of friends commit mass murder and then blow their faces off....
And when is a kid a loner or just a lonely kid?
.....he was removed from class and received individual tutoring from Prof Roy. He attended sessions with a hat pulled down over his face and wearing dark glasses. "He just seemed like the loneliest man I've ever known," she said last night.
The quiet stranger in the crowd.
“I would notice a lot of times, I would come in the room and he would kind of be sitting at his desk, just staring at nothing,”
The sick and angry one.
That disturbing play should have set off alarm bells. Not just about whether he was a threat to others but whether he was a threat to himself. If they had treated him in time so many other lives could have been saved.
And why does the media waste so much time wondering why it keeps happening in schools?
For a lucky few, school and college are where we first distinguish ourselves. But for the majority, they are the site of first humiliation, subjugation and injury. They are almost always our first introduction to brutal social hierarchies, as they may also sponsor our first romantic devastation. What better stage on which to act out primitive retribution?
Or go on and on about copy cats when their overblown coverage is only making more of them?
Every time one of these stories breaks, every time the pictures flash round the world, it increases the chances that another massacre will follow. In the main, all of these events are copycat crimes. Campus shootings are now a genre, much as, in literature, campus-shooting novels are a genre....
It's a Carnival of Death. Don't these mediocre media dumbos understand anything? Don't they understand that their mindless mythologizing turned Eric Harris into an Avenging Angel. The fucking God of Angry Kids.
Because he did to his schoolyard enemies and bullies what they would like to do. But don't dare.
Hey Mr Bully how would you like a hole in your head? Bang bang bang. Now you're dead. Oh you're not? Bang. Now you are. And so am I. Ha ha ha.
And because he shared their rage....
"I hate the fucking world."
"Kill mankind.' No one should survive."
Why do you think all these shootings happen in April just like Columbine did?
Our brutish media can fall over themselves trying to see how many idiot stories they can recycle over and over again. Politicians can beat their breasts and issue vacuous statements. People can mumble prayers until their lips fall off. But it won't change a thing.
Until young mentally disturbed angry kids are reached in time....and can't buy guns like they buy cigarettes....until schools become better, safer and more human places, until our glorification of violence and revenge is extinguished...the killing will go on and on... as sure as rage is rage and blood is blood...and Eric Harris is the God of Angry Kids.
And that's all there is to say about this sad but predictable tragedy.
Until the next one....