Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cho Seung-Hui's Plays

For those among you interested in the macabre, a classmate of Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui has posted what appear to be (unless this is a hoax) two of the plays he wrote for a class, Richard McBeef and Mr. Brownstone. I read them; they're really lousy. They're also quite angry and juvenile; in retrospect, of course, it seems obvious that Cho was disturbed (and maybe abused).

But you know what? There are a lot of depressed, disturbed young people in this country, but 99.999% of them don't become mass murderers. One might have concluded that a writer like this might attempt suicide or something, but there's no way a teacher or classmate could have predicted he'd go so far. So I'm not really sure we can learn from this. The guy needed help, but I don't know how much you can really expect the people around him to have done. Do we really want anyone who writes an angry play to be sent to a psychiatrist?

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