Timon, on Apr 20 2007, 11:36 AM, said:
I'm not sure if the bullying played a huge part in this Cho guy going ballistic. Earlier today Cho's great aunt claimed he was diagnosed with autism soon after they emigrated to the U.S.
Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-hui was diagnosed with autism after the family emigrated to the United States, a relative in South Korea said.
''From the beginning, he wouldn't answer me,'' said Kim Yang-soon, Cho's great aunt. ''(He) didn't talk. Normally sons and mothers talk. There was none of that for them. He was very cold.''
''When they went to the United States, they told them it was autism,'' said Kim, 85, adding that the family had constant worries about Cho.
Now I don't know much about autism, but I thought autistic people were in a world of their own and all the bullying in the world wouldn't penetrate? Or maybe he wasn't seriously affected by it and could get along some, so maybe the bullying made things even worse than they might have been. Hard to say I guess.
Doesn't sound like somebody on the autistic spectrum to me. Mostly, they're very little aware of other people and their feelings - they're much more interested in whatever they perseverate on - how sophisticated the perserveration (compulsion) is depends on how high-functioning the autistic person is. In small children the perserveration can manifest as an obsession with a certain toy or videotape or even something simple like an electric fan. I've never known an autistic person who gave much of a sh*t of anything going on in the world around him or her, and certainly not enough to do what Cho did.
It's just the age-old question - why do some people who are abused become abusers and others don't, or why do most kids survive bullying without becoming murderers? Why does anyone decide to murder another human being? That's always seemed like a form of insanity to me anyway.
Something was seriously wrong with this kid emotionally anyway - a huge dysfunction. Too bad they couldn't help him back when he was checked into a psych ward.
The lack of interaction with other people strikes me more like a psycopath or a sociopath than anything else.
We see children as young as 3 or 4 diagnosed with schizophrenia now. We had a baby psycopath in the program one year - she could be talking about everyday things and suddenly segue into talking about drowning her dog in the pool or killing her mother.
It was damn scary to watch a 3-year-old say these things in a normal tone of voice. Some people just come out of the womb wired wrong - we're just lucky that most mentally ill people hurt themselves and not others. I guess that will continue to be the case until they can figure out how to really cure mental illnesses like schizophrenia.
The other thing is that college seems to bring out the worst in some people anyway - they have nervous breakdowns or they fall apart in some other way. The first time living away from home is a huge stress for a lot of people.
Edited by Rhea, 21 April 2007 - 12:48 PM.