Seung Ho Chui
Choc was declared a danger to not only himself, but to others as well. Unfortunately, follow up treatment was not completed. Coho’s motive for the killings, seem to be a hatred of females, particularly those with money, and that he felt persecuted by all. Those who knew him characterized his behavior as a loner who never socialized with anyone. In the hours between the killings, Choc sent a manifesto of his beliefs to NBC Today show detailing his reasons for the killings, complete with pictures, a video, and a written manuscript.
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Despite the fact that Choc had a mental disorder, he did not have a previous criminal history. That combined with the fact that follow up treatment was never completed, allowed Choc to purchase ammunition he used in the mass killings. Upon realization Choc had a mental disorder, he should have been locked up until further examination could have been done. Thus perhaps preventing an incident of this kind. At the very least, he should have been asked to leave the campus until his issues could be dealt with in a psychiatric facility.
As a result of the massacre at Virginia Tech, the country became embroiled in many different debates over gun safety, campus preparedness for disasters, and the rights of the mentally ill. Some believe having a more secure campus would have been a help in minimizing the damage Choc was able to do. He was able to gain control of the campus relatively quickly due to a lack of security. Campus officials had no way of notifying other students properly and in a timely manner, that a a gunman was on the campus.
A campus of that magnitude should have had an alert system and an automatic door lock system that automatically locks classrooms and dorm halls in the event of emergencies of this kind. Safety as well as the rights of others to own and purchase ammunition. Have there been many changes since Virginia Tech? Not many, but at least the lawmakers are finally starting a dialogue of how to keep our nation’s schools safe from this kind of danger.