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Thread: The South Korean shooter was very troubled BUT

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    Default The South Korean shooter was very troubled BUT

    I think Virginia Tech clearly failed him.

    He was a very troubled, anti-social South Korean kid. They put him in a dorm with All American type of rich white kids. I do not rule out laughs and abusive jokes about him on a daily basis. He left a note saying: "You caused me to do this".


    He had absolutely no friends and was ignored by teachers and classmates.

    Its really not so hard to understand that the kid eventually went nuts. College days can be long and painful when you are in that kind of situation.

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    I don't see how VT failed him. Korean students said he did not go to any Korean group events, and a professor urged him to seek counseling. The university can't force him to hang out with people, and if he was in such a bad situation in the dorms, MOVE. At ISU, there are dozens of avenues to seek help for any problem you have. Obviously I don't know the VT situation but I do not for one scond believe he tried to get any help and was ignored.
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    They said that he wrote some plays which showed signs that he might be trouble. This type of thinking scares me because if we're constantly on the lookout for signs like these, people will be afraid to express themselves without first wondering if what they want to say has the appearance of a "warning sign."

    Disclaimer: I don't know what was in the plays. Maybe it was something so obvious that only a very disturbed person would write it.
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    If he could think like you do here, he probably would not have a problem to begin with.

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    He wasn't ignored by his english prof. she talked to him, and sent him to counceling. Some people just go nuts. Chemical imbalance, tumor on the brain, who knows.

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    Yeah but nobody contacted his family, arranged a family meeting, tried to get him to talk. Some of these Asian kids are expected to be good, little robots and benefit American economy, and nothing more.

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    I agree with ISU2008 and FRED. It's been quite a while since I was in college, but I know that there are many resources available to people who need help. Unfortunately, people fall through the cracks and total prevention of situations like this is impossible. We have the world we have. We do the best we can in it, and we can't spend our lives hiding under the bed.
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    I was in his situation many times. A Jewish kid in summer camps with Russians in Soviet Union. A lone recent immigrant at a Private school in Brooklyn NY with all the rich kids while my parents had a 2 bedroom apartment and a 6 year old Buick.

    At Penn State where many kids gave me trouble and some tough times at Rutgers when I transferred.

    Luckily, I am not afraid to confront anyone and have a strong sense of optimism in difficult situations.

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    Luckily, I am not afraid to confront anyone and have a strong sense of optimism in difficult situations.

    And your size, strength and wrestling ability probably didn't hurt either.
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