The teacher of the suspected gunman said his writing had been so disturbing he had been referred to the school’s counselling service:
“I’ve been teaching 22 years and there have only been a couple of times when I thought that this is a really, really worrying thing. And this was one of them,” said Professor Lucinda Roy, director of creative writing at Virginia Tech.
“They would there’s nothing explicit here. He’s not actually saying he’s going to kill someone,” she added.
Though Cho’s motive remain unclear, a chilling portrait of the gunman has started emerging.
Plays he wrote feature characters who talked of paedophilia and attacked each other with chainsaws, as well as disgruntled students who discussed their desire to kill one of their teachers.
The school says the student’s behaviour had become increasingly violent and erratic in recent times. He had reportedly set fire to a dormitory room and it is believed he was taking medication for depression.