Seung-hui Cho on April 16, 2007?
No. Daniel Sun Kim, less than three weeks ago. The death toll? One.
From Collegiate Times, the Virginia Tech student newspaper:
Tech student found dead in vehicleOut of deference to the family of the troubled youth, I would have avoided posting this bit of news. But the family of the slain student has spoken out.
By Ashley Oliver, Collegiate Times associate news editor
A Virginia Tech student was found dead in his car in the parking lot of the Christiansburg Target on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Junior math major Daniel Sun Kim suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, the cause of which both the medical examiner and the Christiansburg Police Department suspect to be suicide.
In early November, Tech received an e-mail from a person claiming to be Kim's friend, the content of with (sic) contained a concern about Kim possibly having a gun, and being a potential danger to himself or others.
The e-mail was directed to the university's Care Team, a group of officials whose responsibility is to meet weekly and discuss individual troubled students, and appropriate courses of action. (link)
From one Jeannette Kim, who claims to be Daniel's sister, writing in the COMMENTS section trailing the article (I've made no alterations to the text-messaging style, punctuation and grammar used):
let me introduce myself... i am daniel's sister. he was my only brother and he left me on december 9th. to the person who posted on december 25th ("what was tech supposed to do? lock this kid up..."): do you even understand how i might be feeling right now? how my family might be feeling? when we had absolutely NO IDEA about any of this when tech knew all along? they received TWO to THREE warnings about my brother's depression and his suicidal thoughts but they failed to do anything about it. the least they could have done was called US, his FAMILY, and told us about it so that we could have brought him home. their first mistake was not even informing us and letting us find out in this way... with his death. it wasn't a random tip - they were both sent from his friends. HIS FRIENDS. that's not a random tip. they each said to tech "i have a friend at tech who is extremely depressed and suicidal and i am very worried about him." the email that was sent to tech's health center had some disturbing information, a direct quote what my brother said about committing suicide. that is something that you don't take lightly or as a joke. have you ever experienced going through something like this? having your own brother or your own sister, someone who's looked over you for as long as you've been alive, take their own life? HAVE YOU? if you haven't, please don't even say anything. IF it is for the benefit of the student to have their family be notified THEN tech should not even have to worry about getting sued. if anything the family would be grateful towards the school. IF tech continues to take action in this way then they should expect more problems to bark up their alley. THE FACT IS - we were not notified of my brother's depression. tech was first notified in october. that was TWO months ago. then again in november. do you realize that my brother could have been saved? DO YOU REALIZE ANY OF THAT?Meanwhile, Virginia Tech administrators are high-fiving one another for having taken the second floor of Norris Hall, the classroom building where sociopath Seung-hui Cho did most of his mass-murdering on April 16, and renamed it the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.
Violence prevention. Virginia Tech.
A Richmond newspaper columnist, gooshing with praise for the university's decision, recently held forth the following quote and follow-on comment about the news:
"Our students will benefit for years to come, and we believe it honors the students and families of those slain on April 16," Provost Mark McNamee said.Or perhaps it can't.
Perhaps a life -- or many -- might someday be saved as a result of what comes out of this new endeavor. As a society, we could all stand to devote more time to the pursuit of peace and nonviolence.
Perhaps a school known for a day of unspeakable violence can earn renown as a center of peace.
Daniel Sun Kim is dead. Time to rename another floor of Norris Hall.