I know we’ve all been inundated with news about the Virginia shootings over the last couple of days, but the latest issues brought up by the media has me wondering….
This morning, CNN talked to the Chair of the English Depart. at Virginia Tech, and she brought up time and time again how Seung-Hui wrote very disturbing poetry. So disturbing in fact, it frightened other students and teachers. She wanted him out of her class. Granted, it was also noted that the guy had depression issues, was a loner, wore sunglasses even when inside the building, but his writing was something they honed in on.
This was noted in the Salt Lake Tribune….
“Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university’s English department, said she did not personally know the gunman. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department’s director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as ”troubled.”
”There was some concern about him,” Rude said. ”Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it’s creative or if they’re describing things, if they’re imagining things or just how real it might be. But we’re all alert to not ignore things like this.” ”
Because this was such a significant, horrific, and historical event, I’m curious if we’ll see change in legislation…not regarding gun control, heaven forbid. We wouldn’t want to piss off all those deer, geese, rabbit, squirrel, buck, moose, duck hunters now would we….No, they’ll probably tackle the much bigger issue…writing. Man-oh-man, we have so many problems now with our youth not reading and writing, can you imagine what will happen if what they do write is censored?
I can understand a more aggressive approach to making sure a kid writing really warped prose gets counseling, but where does the line get drawn? In today’s society, with all we see on television and in video games, who’s going to be the judge of what’s really warped? Makes ya wonder, huh?