Ex-classmates say gunman was bullied – Massacre at Virginia Tech

Ex-classmates say gunman was bullied – Massacre at Virginia Tech – MSNBC.com

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Long before he killed 32 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Cho Seung-Hui was bullied by fellow high school students who mocked his shyness and the strange way he talked, former classmates said.

Cho, 23, a senior English major at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, killed 32 people in two attacks before taking his own life Monday. He sent a large multi-media package outlining his grievances against religion and the wealthy to NBC News, but police said Thursday that the material added little to their investigation.

The text, photographs and video in the package bristle with hatred toward unspecified people whom Cho, a South Korean immigrant, accused of having wronged him, adding to a portrait of a solitary man who rarely, if ever, managed normal social interactions.

Chris Davids, a Virginia Tech student who graduated with Cho from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., in 2003, recalled that Cho almost never opened his mouth and would ignore attempts to strike up a conversation.

Once, in an English class, the teacher had the students read aloud and, when it was Cho’s turn, he just looked down in silence, Davids recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. Finally, after the teacher threatened to give him a failing grade for participation, Cho started to read in a strange, deep voice that sounded “like he had something in his mouth,” Davids said.

“As soon as he started reading, the whole class started laughing and pointing and saying, ‘Go back to China,’” Davids said.



  1. I have posted a blog that expands on this. I found a book that it seems very possible Cho referenced in his video rant. It is a children’s book about an Asian child being bullied on a bus from a series called “The Decision is Yours”. The Asian child has a large question mark beside his face on the cover. When I discovered the book it was very startling. My blog on it is at: http://mistercontrary.blogspot.com/2007/04/when-monster-breaks-you-cho-seung-hui.html

  2. After searching for senior portrait photographers we found this site with great photographs of high school seniors at a studio located in San Antonio, Texas.

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