It is the school system, the socio-educational environment in the US that is responsible for periodical massacres in campuses//, observers say.
They stress that it is wrong to blame any individual as is being done in the case of Seung-Hui Cho, the South Korean, held responsible the worst college shoot-out in that country in recent times.
In their first public reaction, the family of Cho said, "We are humbled by this darkness. We feel hopeless, helpless and lost. This is someone that I grew up with and loved. Now I feel like I didn't know this person…We have always been a close, peaceful and loving family. My brother was quiet and reserved, yet struggled to fit in. We never could have envisioned that he was capable of so much violence."
Chris Davids, a Virginia Tech senior recalled that the South Korean immigrant almost never opened his mouth and would ignore attempts to strike up a conversation. Once, in English class, the teacher had the students read aloud, and when it was Cho's turn, he just looked down in silence, Davids recalled. Finally, after the teacher threatened him with an F 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.'
Dr. Marleen Wong, director of Crisis Counseling and Intervention Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District and director of the Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Schools and Communities in Los Angeles said that there have been more than 600 completed school shootings since the late 1980s, with hundreds more foiled by vigilant administrators and police officers.
Schoolyard massacres are rebellions against oppressive and bullying environments by students who can't take it anymore, contends Mark Ames, a noted author.
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