The massacre that took place at Virginia Tech last month can be only partially explained. We can criticize privacy regulations that allowed Cho Seung-Hui to move freely about in spite of his desperate mental condition. We can point to federal and state gun control laws that allowed him to secure his weaponry.
But one key issue has scarcely been mentioned: the source of Cho’s resentment. In “The Making of a Massacre” (Newsweek, April 30), Evan Thomas reports, “His parents turned to the church for help with his emotional problems, but he was bullied in his Christian youth group, especially by rich kids. ‘Cho was a smart student who could understand the meaning of the Bible,’ recalled his boyhood pastor at Centreville (Va.) Korean Presbyterian Church.”