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article imageNew information on Cho from Al Jazeera

By kurtrat     Apr 18, 2007 in World
Apparently Cho, responsible for the massacre at Virginia Tech, had been accused of harassing female students and had been taken to a psychiatric hospital in 2005.
I have not read this information anywhere else, so I wanted to post it. If I am repeating anything, I apologize.
A Virginia court order issued at the time of Cho's confinement to a mental hospital said he was "mentally ill" and that he presented "an imminent danger to self or others."
I was mistaken when I wrote in an earlier article that Cho had no history of mental illness; I simply hadn't seen this information before.
Wendell Flinchum, the university police chief, said that officers confronted Cho in late 2005 after two women complained separately that he had harassed them: in person, with phone calls and with instant messages.
After the second incident in December 2005, Cho's roommate warned police he could be suicidal. The police got a "temporary detention order" and took Cho to a nearby mental health facility.
The women declined to file charges against Cho. Neither woman was among the victims in the massacre.
Poet Nikki Giovanni insisted that Cho be removed from her class in 2005 for intimidating other students by photographing them and writing obscene, violent poetry.
Lucinda Roy, chairwoman of the Virginia Tech English Department, told Virginia Tech police that she was concerned about Cho's angry and disturbing writing assignments.
In spite of these encounters with the law and his psychiatric history, Cho was allowed to legally purchase the handguns he used in the attack.
So, we can answer the question: "were there any warnings before the attack?" in the affirmative.
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