Wednesday, April 18, 2007

School Shooting Expert Not Surprised By Virginia Tech Massacre

EUGENE, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Virginia Tech shootings on Monday (Apr. 16) surprised many people – except for a school shooting expert in Eugene, Oregon.

School shooting researcher Joseph Lieberman – no relation to the Senator – says he “predicted” a horrendous school shooting like the one at Virginia Tech in his book The Shooting Game: The Making Of School Shooters (Seven Locks Press), and says the recent massacre has eerily similar parallels to other college shootings.

Lieberman believes the gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, exhibited a common school attacker pattern called “extinction behavior,” where he felt rejected from society and wanted to get back at the world in the worst way possible – by shooting innocent people.

He also says most murderers with this sentiment kill a loved one prior to going on a larger rampage, much like Seung-Hui is said to have killed his girlfriend in the initial dorm room incident.

Says Lieberman: “In the 1966 University of Texas tower shooting, Charles Whitman killed his mother and wife before attacking the school and Seung-Hui’s order of murder is very similar. Both of them premeditated the attacks, destroyed people close to them, and were severely depressed.”

Lieberman warns that “all threats should be taken seriously, at all times” on campuses, and hopes people finally begin to understand the patterns of school shootings.

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