Seung-Hui Cho was any novelist's ideal villain. A 'mentally unsound' teenager, with streaks of voyeurism in him, suspected autism and reclusive. He also made a video before his gun toting spree about his general hatred about the world in general. Impressive and deep words, along with a reference to Moses.
Videos similar to these can be found on MySpace.com, especially by wannabe emos, noticably involving shittier lighting, more pent-up teenage angst, and lots of black make-up.
But one thing I don't quite comprehend is why the media insists on labeling the people who dies in the shoot-out as heroes. There's a fine line between a hero and a victim, and it seems like the line's just been crossed.
- One who is harmed or killed by another : a victim of a mugging.
- A living creature slain and offered as a sacrifice during a religious rite.
- One who is harmed by or made to suffer from an act, circumstance, agency, or condition : victims of war.
- A person who suffers injury, loss, or death as a result of a voluntary undertaking : You are a victim of your own scheming.
- A person who is tricked, swindled, or taken advantage of: the victim of a cruel hoax.
n., pl. -roes.
- In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.
- A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life : soldiers and nurses who were heroes in an unpopular war.
- The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.
I'm sorry, but what exactly did the students (rest in peace) do to display 'feats of courage'? They didn't sacrifice their lives to save those of others. No bravado was involved, they were purely victims of circumstances. Their lives were forcefully taken away from them, and doesn't call for some glorious heralding. Mourn for the dead, but you don't have to go about honoring them. A person who gets his wallet stolen hasn't given it away in charity. It is wrath inducing to see newspapers carry a full page article on "Dead Student Heroes" (Font enlarged to catch the reader's eye), along with testimonials from their friends, relatives and teachers about how warm hearted and kind they were. Bet if anything had to be said about Seung-Hui Cho in his favour, it would have to wait for a better time. Nobody will praise a presumed lunatic who takes pictures of himself with a knife to his throat.