Cho’s Poetry Professor Nikki Giovani had him removed from her class because his behavior was so menacing. She remarked that the idea of Cho Seung-Hui suffering from a mental disorder was "crap". She preferred to describe his behavior as simply "mean". “Intimidating... there was something mean about this boy. It was the meanness — I've taught troubled youngsters and crazy people — it was the meanness that bothered me. It was a really mean streak.”
This assessment should, perhaps, be emphasized considering that Cho Seung-Hui refused to attend the psychiatric sessions recommended to him and did not use psychiatric drugs. When informed of the massacre, she remarked, "I knew when it happened that that's probably who it was," and "I would have been shocked if it wasn't."Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui was as mysterious in death as he was in life, leaving behind few clues for medical examiners. Dr. William Massello, the assistant state medical examiner based in Roanoke, said Sunday that Cho died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his temple after firing enough shots to wound his 32 victims more than 100 times.
According to Dr. William Massello there was nothing unusual about Cho's autopsy. He said there was nothing that would have hinted at any psychological problems that might have led him to commit the worst shooting massacre in modern U.S. history.
Pathologists sent blood samples for toxicology testing to determine if Cho was on drugs at the time of his rampage, but Massello said it could take as long as two weeks to get results.Virginia authorities have submitted the names of more than 80,000 people with legally certified mental health problems to the FBI to ensure they don't buy guns.
That's more than any state in the country. Unfortunately, the name of Cho Seung-Hui was not among them. Under federal law, Cho should have been a prohibited buyer whose name was included in the national database maintained by the FBI for instantaneous background checks on gun purchases.
But Virginia State Police, which feeds the names to the FBI, never received Cho's name because Virginia uses its own, more narrow standard for judging whether an individual's mental illness merits a prohibition on gun purchases.
The federal law bars handgun purchases by those judged "mentally defective," and a December 2005 judge's ruling that Cho "presents an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness" is a textbook definition meeting the federal regulations.
But Virginia law bars handgun purchases to those judged "mentally incapacitated," a phrase that's not been interpreted as broadly.
A court clerk in Montgomery County, where Virginia Tech is located, said court officials typically submit records to Virginia State Police only when an individual is committed to a psychiatric hospital.
That didn't happen in Cho's case; he was only ordered to undergo an evaluation.
Amazingly Cho passed background checks and purchased two guns in February and March. He used the guns to kill 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus Monday before allegedly committing suicide.