There’s a picture slowly emerging of the Virginia Tech killer, this from CBS News:
“News reports said that Cho may have been taking medication for depression, that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic, and that he left a note in his dorm in which he railed against “rich kids,” “debauchery” and “deceitful charlatans” on campus.
The emerging portrait of Cho, the quiet loner whose writing sent out alarms, is one that fits almost to a “T” a U.S. Secret Service profile of the typical school shooter…
In a study done after the Columbine massacre, the Secret Service studied 37 school shootings to learn the patterns of the school-aged assassins.
Most school attacks, the report said, come from loners with some kind of grievance… many attackers felt bullied, … or persecuted by others…. and more than half had revenge as a motive.”
I wonder if the Secret Service ever looked at the database on the SSRI Stories website in their study?
The Salt Lake Tribune majors on the possible antidepressant link, here.