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Maybe there isn’t one simple thing to blame, after all.

April 21, 2007

Cho’s rampage has been blamed on 47 things so far, and there’s one I hadn’t thought of.  John Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts has the first interesting and possibly useful analysis I’ve seen: Cho, autism, bullying, and honor, about the combination of neurological, social, and cultural forces that may have led to his murderous flame-out.

Makes sense that something this rare could be a convergence of factors, a perfect storm. 

(List of 47 things from ***Dave)

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  1. April 21, 2007 at 10:29 | #1

    Bit your tongue!  Of course it’s one, simple thing!  And I, of course, know exactly what it is (and what it was back in 2001, too).  That is why you must all listen to me.

  2. April 21, 2007 at 12:16 | #2

    DOF, first time here, Nice Blog!

    My view of this, that rather than placing blame, we need to learn from the story itself. This story is a marker of where we at as society.

    I blogged about on my blog at http://corgiguyblog.blogspot.com/

  3. April 21, 2007 at 12:21 | #3

    This story is a marker of where we at as society.

    Is it?  Is it a bigger marker than the 275 million or so other Americans who *didn’t* go on a shooting spree this week?

  4. April 21, 2007 at 12:36 | #4

    I think the scramble to assign blame and find a quick fix is certainly a marker.  :down:

  5. April 21, 2007 at 12:51 | #5

    I don’t think it’s anything new, though.  Assigning blame and fixing quickly seems to be SOP.  The main difference may be the speed by which (on multiple news/punditry channels and the Internet) folks can try to get attention paid to their own particular spin on the blame/solution thang.

  6. April 21, 2007 at 16:16 | #6

    Certainly seems like SOP to me.  Every major shooting that took place in the last 15 years or so has pretty much taken place the same way.

    People are shocked, Police get blamed for poor response time but do a good job investigating and blame shifts from them to Marilyn Manson, President comes out of hiding and says a few words, politicians jump to the occasion of using this as an example of why their policies are essential, some “Pissed Off Mothers” group uses the tragedy to push their agenda (usually to get rid of guns, or get people to read the bible), we mourn but go on as if nothing major happened till we freak out the next time it happens and ask why?

    Mix, stir, repeat…

  7. April 21, 2007 at 16:25 | #7

    It seems it was a perfect storm, and one that was gathering for a very long time.  I was in an Autism/Asperger’s seminar all day yesterday; no one there suggested that Cho had that particular challenge, and I had not heard that at all until reading the link here.  I don’t know whether he had an ASD (I doubt it very much); but he was paranoid and psychotic.  And, ohdeargod, too many other elements of the storm to even get into.  One of the most distressing to me is the participation of well-educated, well-meaning people, in his decompensation.  The head of the English department, who tutored him privately for two years because his behavior was too bizarre for him to be in a regular classroom.  Tutored him with a security guard outside her office door because she was so ill-at-ease with him.  And other examples of bright people who walked on eggshells rather than violate his various rights by throwing him out of school or summoning his family to discuss the situation, either of which might have gotten him more psychiatric help.  But no one did those things, because THAT would have been illegal.  Cheez.  It’s hard to keep track of who’s crazy, sometimes. 
    I don’t mean to sound as though I “blame” individuals; I don’t.  We, as a nation, are seriously screwed up when it comes to having laws that make sense, regarding mental health care.

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