Hans Christian Rott, professor in the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, on the hyperbole, recriminations, lawsuits, and ... yes, hatred evinced since/from the April 16, 2007 Tech massacre (See "Only Cho is responsible"):
The gratuitous attacks on Virginia Tech President Charles Steger's integrity must be met with stern reproach. The revenge suits against him and the other such accused members of Virginia Tech's administration are just that ...In one word: WOW.
If finding the truth and a return to normalcy is the goal of the suits and accusations, why not sue for just that purpose? All doubt about motivation would be eliminated at once, no matter how misguided the assumed causal relations are. Let the justice system and the jury of peers be the final arbiters of truth, not tools of revenge and monetary gain.
Witch hunts and lynchings are part of our national history. We routinely apologize for them and routinely demand legislative action to give gravity to this symbolism. At the same time, we go and do precisely the same despicable acts to individuals who we neither know nor have any reason to persecute for acts they clearly did not commit.
To look for responsible parties in the April 16, 2007, mass murder is actually quite easy: Seung-Hui Cho is the sole responsible party. No one can anticipate the actions of an evil mind; just as little as one can find anyone responsible for the beheading of a student in the graduate life center except the murderer.
Speaking of witch hunts and lynchings, expect Professor Rott to be hanged from the nearest yardarm for his blasphemy. He should have realized that lunatics like Cho Seung-hui are never to blame for their actions. In this case, school administrators are. As are government officials in Richmond. As is the psychiatric community. And by God, blood - and money - shall flow in retribution.
This whole story - once evil - gets more malevolent as time goes by.
Those who cry out for heads to roll are too late. He who was responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre rolled his own with a 9mm slug to the brain pan that infamous afternoon.
Let it go. Let it go. We've had all the madness we can handle.
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UPDATE 01.02.11: It must be noted that I have no way of verifying the following, but it's worth passing on. It appeared in the "comments" to this post:
Rott's fought like this for 20 years now. He's one of the good guys.I missed that story in the papers. I wish I hadn't.
Did y'all know that all staff and faculty at Virginia Tech got hazardous duty pay for being on campus the day of the massacre? Extra money for sitting in lockdown in their offices on the other side of campus.
Remember, that's the university which refused to send notice to its members of an on-campus memorial service for a former cadet killed in Iraq, probably because of anti-war and anti-Bush sentiment.
VT actually turned its back on a cadet KIA, a cadet and later young officer who swore no allegiance to the Dems or Repubs, but only to protect and defend the Constitution. Turned its back on our soldiers, while collecting extra pay for... something.
That's a shameful act I will never forget.