Cho Seung-Hui, Downright Mean Question Mark Kid

April 18, 2007 at 9:19 am | Posted in Cho Seung-Hui, violence, Virginia Tech | Leave a comment

We’re getting a clearer picture of Cho Seung-Hui, and it seems he was a downright mean, rude kid who everyone called the “question mark kid.” Professor Giovanni relates the following:

Cho’s poetry was so intimidating — and his behavior so menacing — that Giovanni had him removed from her class in the fall of 2005, she said. Giovanni said the final straw came when two of her students quit attending her poetry sessions because of Cho.

“I was trying to find out, what am I doing wrong here?” Giovanni recalled thinking, but the students came to her during her office hours and explained, “He’s taking photographs of us. We don’t know what he’s doing.”

Giovanni went to the department’s then-chairwoman, Lucinda Roy, and told her she wanted Cho out of her class, and Roy obliged.

“I was willing to resign before I was going to continue with him,” Giovanni said. “There was something mean about this boy.”

Giovanni said she’s taught her share of oddballs in the past, but there was something malicious about Cho’s behavior.

“I know we’re talking about a troubled youngster and crap like that, but troubled youngsters get drunk and jump off buildings; troubled youngsters drink and drive,” she said. “I’ve taught troubled youngsters. I’ve taught crazy people. It was the meanness that bothered me. It was a, really, mean streak.”

This Washington Post article goes into good anecdotes from those who knew him, at least to some degree, and is worth the read.

Finally, I know that the parents of Cho Seung-Hui have nothing to do with this incident, and shouldn’t be blamed, but I think they do need to say something.

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