Virginia Tech Book Shows “Gaping Flaws” On Troubled Students


In a new book “No Right To Remain Silent,” Virginia Tech English professor Lucinda Ray reviews the case of Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 students at the university in 2007 before committing suicide. It was the worst school shooting in American history. In a book review, the Washington Post, David Cullen, who covered the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, says that Roy “conveys the anguish of being caught up in one of these tragedies, and that is the chief contribution of her book.”

Cullen says the book “exposes gaping flaws in the system for dealing with dangerously troubled students.” Roy believes that th vast majority of school shooters signal their violent inclinations in advance, sometimes in fiction, poetry or other creative outlets. “Student-shooters are not in hiding,” she writes. “They are out in the open.” The difficulty is getting them psychological help. At Virginia Tech, there was no staff psychiatrist to advise the faculty, no one to evaluate the risk Cho posed and no way to compel him to see a counselor, Roy says.

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