Thursday, April 19, 2007


Two people were killed at the West Ambler Johnston Hall, a university dormitory, at 0715 on Monday. The killer was Cho Seung-hui, 23, a South Korean native.

Two hours later Cho killed 30 others, plus himself, at the Norris Hall complex across campus.
Authorities have not yet linked the 23-year-old to any of those he killed.

Police say the same gun was used at both locations but have not definitely proved that Cho was at West Ambler Johnston at the time of the shootings there.

The complaints by students against Cho were made in November and December 2005, around the time Cho's English teachers raised concerns over his writing and general behaviour.

In the aftermath of the shootings, teachers and fellow students have spoken of Cho's extreme moods, violent writings and unpredictable behaviour(this included stalking women, arson, making morbid films and his vehement hatred for the rich).

Follow this link for the VT shooting spree (during rescue and mourning)

Isn’t it fearful, how, in the blink of an eye, one deranged person could turn a happy place into a ghost town?

Isn’t it fearful, how, in the blink of an eye, your daughter's things will be the only ones that shall be brought home?

Isn’t it fearful how unsure we are of the people we live with, people we talk to and even with people we care about..?

The pictures in the link above made me pour. I cried. Suddenly elements of sadness began to clothe me; and envelope me in mixed fear, regret and solitary lament.

I asked myself. Had I been there, would I have called the police? Or would I be as shocked as most of the victims and won’t be able to think right? Had I been there, would I even try to save my classmates? How should I care for the gunman? What shall I tell him? Will I cry? Will I pray? Will I....survive?

This is an opportunity to reflect on the incident and realize how lucky we are to be here, in front of the monitor, reading a blog entry of someone whom we are not sure to still be seeing tomorrow.

I fear. Although I do not want to. And I cry some more..

And to Cho and to all the victims, I bleed with you.


Avy said...

Yeah, nakakatakot nga. Not knowing when your time will come, not knowing what to do.
We weren't taught how to protect ourselves from crazy people by our school.
Some books just don't apply in the real world, pero at times like this, all we can do is just pray.
One thing my PMT Commander taught us that, always expect the unexpected.
Who knows, I might bomb Sun Lab at Gaisano Mall for having ridiculous prices on their items. *snickers*

Peppermint Streak said...

hahaha. and who knows, idedemolish namin ni bam ang SM someday. hahaha :)

tina said...

i heard about this... after it happened. wew... grabe soo scary... oh well

Peppermint Streak said...

yeah. scary nga.. imagine, biglang mamamaril ang anti-social mong classmate??!!?! chaka! hehe

Paul Champagne said...

It was a terrible tragedy, I have to marvel at the courage shown by one of the professors, who held the classroom door shut while his students escaped out the windows.

Bam the Great said...

Hahaha! I soooo love the idea of the 'surprise demolition'.

Peppermint Streak said...

@Paul Champagne: OMG that's so sad... and yes, it was the noblest thing to do.

@Bam: Yeah, the surprise demolition still rocks big time! ;)