Cho Seung Hoi

Cho Seung Hoi was a loner, a very sad individual who found himself unable to cope with the world around him and the people in it. Roommates at Virginian Tech consider themselves to be lucky to have been spared. No one really understood that their behavior and attitude towards this disturbed young man would ever evolve into such a bloody rampage, taking so many lives. Not being popular among students in such a big university is not unusual, not everyone can be in the spot light and other students had no idea this was affecting Cho so much. Cho Seung Hoi was not particularly chosen as being a bully’s victim during his time at the school; rather classmates did not know that a student had such violent behavior brewing just below the surface. Known for listening to Collective Soul’s Shine repeatedly day in and day out, he was thought to be a bit unusual and a loner. Not easily approachable, people wonder that even if things were different and he had an enormous group of close friends; would it have actually made a difference; would he mind have functioned properly?

Cho Seung Hoi’s manifesto has rattled all who knew him and all who attended Virginia Tech. It was once the manifesto was released to the public that the full impact of Cho’s disturbed mind really hit. Everyone is baffled as to how he could send this package as he paused in his massacre. Shooting his fellow students, many try to understand how, when he stopped for that period of time, the reality of his actions did not sink in. Instead, he used this time not to feel the guilt of what he did, not to understand the severity of his emotional and physical breakdown; he took this time in-between shootings to send he letters, photographs and videos to NBC News.

While many were hoping the manifesto would contain clear words that would somehow have things make some sort of sense, it only baffles the mind of his classmates. It seemed to gear toward an attempt to project him as one to be feared, in his twisted mind perhaps even one to be looked up to. Stating that his intention was to go back and continue killing more classmates, this clearly showed that he felt zero guilt and his main goal was to continue his rampage. Classmates are still reeling in shock that Cho so strongly felt that he had to take such action to be noticed. If Cho’s goal was to be popular, to be liked, to receive positive attention; he only left remains of an individual so disturbed and without remorse for a mass murder; no one will ever be able to put a positive spin on any aspect of Cho’s life.

Before his rampage, Cho was thought of as a “quiet kid”, the key word being “kid”. He never showed a hint to the image that was broadcast through his manifesto. Brandishing weapons, ranting and raving about how the “rich people were making him do this”, he did indeed show that his mind was like that of a child; in the sense that he seemed easily corrupted and influenced by things around him. Referring to the Columbine kids as martyrs, classmates wonder if he felt that by conducting a shooting spree, he would then finally be part of an elite, select group; even if that group is one of disturbed and troubled teens and young adults who hold no value for human life and can kill without blinking their eyes.

Comments (4 comments)

This article sucks.

What makes you think Cho did what he did to be liked?
He had an emotionally imbalanced philosophy about how much rich kids suck and took it upon himself to execute his ridiculous beliefs since he thought it had to be done.

What emotional breakdown are you referring to?
He was like that before he killed. The guy was a schizoid who perpetually hated certain people long before he did what he did.

Elite, select group?
Where do you get this stuff from?
Was this typed up as some rushed class assignment or something?

Ryan Pakenham / September 14th, 2007, 5:33 am / #

Excellent article. Not any holier-than-thou-crap.

christine / November 1st, 2008, 7:18 am / #

if i was a virgini tech i would have used my ninja skills on him.

Katie / December 10th, 2009, 5:24 am / #

they day of the shooting ,at virginia tech
i would of used my awsome ninja
skills on him and saved all the
kids and teachers that died that day.


Well maybe now I should just say goodbye
You used to be my friend
But I never felt I really was yours
So maybe this is the end.
I’m different from you, all of you
Each other we’ve never understood
I hope that if I do tell you goodbye
That it won’t be for good.
Whenever I’m mad it hurts me so bad
And you don’t even care
I don’t know why, I just want to cry
And someday I won’t be there.
The streaks on my arm they’ve done me no harm
They’re only made of pen
But once they are blood that turns brown like mud
They’ll be there again and again.
If I’m mad at you I’ll hurt myself too
But that doesn’t really matter
Although when I hurt I feel like dirt
And my spirit’s bruised and battered.
I do not know why it has to be so
I really wish it did not
But the way this has been going
it is basically shot.
You don’t need me and we don’t need we
And that’s how I think I know why
These words are the ones I have to speak-
I love you, but goodbye.


ASHLEY / December 10th, 2009, 5:36 am / #

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