- Oct 14, 2004
And yet another school shooting. How tragic for all the students at Virginia Tech and their families and friends. I don't understand how/why someone could do such a thing.
...campus police and school officials allowed classes to continue after the first shooting, and did not close down the school for everyone's protection.
Tetrachloroethylene exposure and risk of schizophrenia: offspring of dry cleaners in a population birth cohort, preliminary findings.
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, 10032, USA.
Tetrachloroethylene is a solvent used in dry cleaning with reported neurotoxic effects. Using proportional hazard methods, we examined the relationship between parental occupation as a dry cleaner and risk for schizophrenia in a prospective population-based cohort of 88,829 offspring born in Jerusalem from 1964 through 1976, followed from birth to age 21-33 years. Of 144 offspring whose parents were dry cleaners, 4 developed schizophrenia. We observed an increased incidence of schizophrenia in offspring of parents who were dry cleaners (RR=3.4, 95% CI, 1.3-9.2, p=0.01). Tetrachloroethylene exposure warrants further investigation as a risk factor for schizophrenia.
Schizophr Res. 2007 Feb;90(1-3):251-4. Epub 2006 Nov 17.
From what I know about local Korean dry cleaning community is that all of them took up the dry cleaning business after having children and after establishing themselves in the U.S, so this study wouldn't apply to the shooter's family.
Cho "troubled his parents a lot when he was young because he couldn't speak well, but was well-behaved," the grandfather, who was identified by only his last name, Kim, told the Dong-a Ilbo daily.
The family was worried that Cho might even be mute, the 81-year-old grandfather said in a separate interview with the Hankyoreh newspaper.
When I look back in my past, I have said and done things that have offended people. Straws placed on a camels back, are one at a time.
I do think his family should have taken him to a therapist/psychologist a long time ago. Being shy is one thing but having a tendency of not responding when your own family and other people are talking to you is a big deal
This topic is too close for comfort but do you actually know if his family tried?