Virginia Tech massacre latest

There is more unsettling news tonight about the gunman. It turns out police had crossed paths with the young man before. They revealed they had intervened after indications he was “disturbed,” but the measures weren’t enough to stop him from taking up a gun.

No one put the troubling pieces of Seung Hui Cho’s life together in time to prevent a tragedy, but there were plenty of red flags.

In 2005, two female Virginia Tech students told police that Cho was harassing them. Police talked to him then got a call saying Cho could be suicidal.

“Out of concern for Cho, officers asked him to speak to a counselor. He went voluntarily to the police department. Based on that interaction with the counselor, a temporary detention order was obtained and Cho was taken to a mental health facility,” said Wendell Flinchum, Virginia Tech Police chief.

Meanwhile, Cho’s disturbing writings were getting attention. An English tutor said she worked out a code for telling her assistant if there was trouble with Cho. The school insisted there was nothing they could do.

“It seemed they hit a wall themselves in terms of what they were permitted to do with a student on campus, unless he had made a very overt threat to himself or to others,” Cho’s tutor, Lucida Roy said, but clearly Cho was a threat.

The first funeral for one of Cho’s 32 victims was held April 18, 2007.

Despite Cho’s background it was still legal for him to buy a gun. Police have recovered two guns they believe Cho used in the shootings.

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  • by Donna Location: Kentucky on Apr 19, 2007 at 01:49 PM
    I sincerely hope that people do not start to blame guns for this incident. Without them, we are at the mercy of anyone who so chooses to threaten us, whether it be the government or a crazy person. Blame for this should rest with Cho and the people who could have stopped him, as well as the laws who prevented those people from doing anything about it. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families affected by this tragic event. God be with them and with all of to prevent something like this from happening again.
  • by Leslie Location: Park City on Apr 19, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    I believe this tragedy just shows how things are spiraling downward. I don't believe things are going to get better. I'm afraid it may happen locally. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the families. Prayer will help and faith in God.
  • by Megan Location: Kentucky on Apr 19, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    I think that it is very sad that the police knew that he had problems but didnt take matters into their own hands. Instead of doing something about the student, he tooks 32 hard working kids lives. The police get paid to do their the question is, why dont they do it?!
  • by jason Location: jefferson county on Apr 19, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    though it is a very traggic event,it is clearly an indication of the breakdown of the mental health field.If the people had so much concern for cho,why didnt anyone take an miw out on him or reffer him to mandatory counseling??
  • by Melissa Location: Edmonson on Apr 19, 2007 at 08:18 AM
    My continous thoughts and prayers are with those involved in the VT tragedy. My heart aches for the mothers, fathers, husbands, and children, who have lost a part of their family. My concern spreads for the laws enacted that protect killers like Cho. Laws have been developed to where the guilty are protected so much so that crimes are committed against the innocent before questions are posed and it is too late for answers. How many tragedies like Columbine and VT will have to occur before something is done to protect innocent lives. After reading reports, it seems evident that someone attempted to raise flags on the character of this individual; however, nothing was done and innocent lives were lost. VT will prevail, will survive, will move on with remembrance, but what about those whose opportunity of living was brutally taken by the hands of someone who obviously needed help before 4/16...
  • by Nikki Location: Russellville on Apr 19, 2007 at 06:34 AM
    As far as I am concerned, if it smells like a duck it is a duck. This man had several run in's with VTPD and several concerned teachers. Does no-one listen to gut instinct anymore? Or is that too politicaly incorrect?
  • by Shelby Location: Simpson County on Apr 19, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    Is there not metal detectors in the school? I think the most important place to have medical detectors would be at the entrance to dorm rooms. If there are medical detectors how did he get passed them?
  • by Emily Location: Wichita on Apr 18, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    My prayers go out to those who were injured or killed & their families.
  • by DC Location: Fincaslte on Apr 18, 2007 at 07:32 PM
    this was a horrible event. just because of one mans choices others should not have to pay. the police should have done more to look in on Cho Sueng you could tell by his plays and writings that he was odd. somebody should have answered his cry for help.after the first shooting police should have expected the worst that the gunman could still be on the loose in which he was. i pray for the victims and the suvivors. stay strong. WE ARE VIRGNIA TECH!!!!!!!
  • by Amanda Location: Woodstock on Apr 18, 2007 at 06:28 PM
    I am so very sorry, every victim who was in the Virginia Tech Massacre are in my prayers, and also there families, it was such a horrible way they had to die, for the people who had to die who didn't have anything to do with it, are in my prayers and in my heart I'm so very sorry, we have my condolenses, and my sympathy. --Amanda
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