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Virginia Tech tragedy

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Apr 19, 2007

I am horrified by the events surrounding the tragedy in Virginia. And that includes everything from the failure of the administration, parents, classmates to stop the killer at the first of many warnings (his writings, for example) to the lack of warning that allowed students to continue to classes, to the massive news orgy this has become. I mean, with his digital "manifesto" as it's being called, this murderer has received television air-time, Internet time and more ink than is respectable.
Am I the only one who feels this way?

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 19, 2007 at 1:45 pm

How can you label so many people as failures in this situation? You write from a current perspective assuming that all the information we now how was present to administration, parents, and classmates prior to Monday. That is simply not accurate. Of course mistakes were made but to label those as failures at this stage of the process is premature.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2007 at 9:14 am

We have a mental healthcare crisis in this nation that badly needs to be addressed. Until we can treat mental illness as a disease like any other disease and remove the stigma associated with it, we will continue to have these atrocities. Cho is a victim of the mental health system.
All the red flags were there, but he was still allowed to remain in the dorm with his classmates. It's unfortunate that he had to suffer and so many others has to die in the wake of his death.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2007 at 9:15 am

We have a mental healthcare crisis in this nation that badly needs to be addressed. Until we can treat mental illness as a disease like any other disease and remove the stigma associated with it, we will continue to have these atrocities. Cho is a victim of the mental health system.
All the red flags were there, but he was still allowed to remain in the dorm with his classmates. It's unfortunate that he had to suffer and so many others had to die in the wake of his death.


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