I'm obviously not the only person who sees the connections between Wayne Lo and Cho Seung Hui. Apparently, Wayne Lo sees the connections, too.
Reporter: Did you relate to Seung-Hui Cho because youíre both Asian?
Wayne Lo: At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but as more details came out, there were just too many eerie similarities to me. He was an immigrant, like myself. The events leading up to the shooting, the warning signs he gave out really reminded me of what happened at Simonís Rock. They said he had mental-health issues. I donít really think I had mental-health issues, but I did give out those warning signs. He harassed women, and I also had an incident where I was accused of stalking a female classmate. He went and purchased a gun at a store 40 minutes out of town; so did I. He wrote papers that got peopleís attention; I did that, too.
Other things I noted: Wayne seems to be placing a lot of blame on the ease with which he was able to buy a gun. Regardless of the policy reasons behind banning guns, I got one thing to say: Wayne's gun didn't kill people, Wayne killed people.
He also seems to fancy himself as a bit of an iconic figure. He thinks that because of the path that he started, the rules should be changed:
Do you think that Choís writings should have been more of a red flag than they were?/strong> Itís ludicrous that they didnít stop this guy with all the warning signs. I mean, come on, I did this 15 years ago. I was one of the first school shooters. The question is, how donít we learn from it? Theyíve done studies; they know the typical warning signs now. How could they not see this coming?
What should be done when teachers or parents spot these warning signs?
Drastic measures should be taken. You should kick the kid out of school.
But did either of you really do anything that warranted kicking you out?
No. I certainly didnít. But for him, in 2007, with all these precedents, there should be different standards.
I'm not terribly happy about posting this, giving Lo a larger audience, and carrying on what is a largely depressing thread for me, but that's the way it is. Maybe posting it will allow me to get the eerie words from Wayne out of my head and get back to outlining Contracts.