By now you all should remember the shooting that took place at Oikos University in Oakland, California last week. I do. It’s the reason why I haven’t blogged in over a week. Before I get into that please take a look at this article from the Huffington Post that remembers the victims. They should never be forgotten. Those killed were Katleen Ping, 24, Lydia Sim, 21, Bhutia Tshering, 38, Sonam Choedon, 33, Judith Seymore, 53, Kim Eunhea, 23, and Doris Chibuko, 40. My prayers and condolences go out to their family and friends and to all those who were personally affected by this senseless tragedy.
I didn’t blog about this story until now because I guess I’m getting my humanity back. As I’ve said before when you write about mass killings like this one for 12 years you tend to become a little numb to everything. That numbness went away when I first heard about the Oikos shooting. I thought to myself, not again and not in April again. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tasso da Silveira in Brazil, and now Oikos all happened in the month of April among others that I’m probably forgetting. In just the four that I’ve mentioned a combined total of over 50 died just because of someone’s selfishness, inadequacies and failures. It was too much for me to handle so I shut down for a week but the story could not be ignored. Don’t feel sorry for me though. I’m just some random blogger whose minor despair can’t compare to those who were actually affected by this tragedy perpetrated by another selfish loser who couldn’t handle his failures without resorting to mass murder.
That selfish asshole in question is 43-year-old One Goh of Oakland. Last Monday he entered the small Christian college looking for one of the school’s administrators. Goh was allegedly upset for being expelled and treatment he received from other students. Really? We’re going to use the bullying angle on a 43-year-old grown ass man? That’s pathetic. Considering Goh was expelled for bad behavior I would imagine his treatment was warranted. If you’re a 43-year-old man and you feel like you’re being bullied at a college grow a pair would you. Not to pat myself on the back but ever since I left high school every job I ever had I was the man at. Not only that but if someone tried to intimidate me I gave back better than I got. Basically what I’m saying is grow the fuck up.
Anyway getting back to the story when Goh was told the administrator wasn’t there he shot and killed the secretary. He then lined up some students in a classroom and shot them execution style. He then left the campus after he shit and killed one of his victims and stole his car. He then surrendered in a supermarket parking lot in Alameda.
Police say that Goh has shown no remorse.
One of the professors who had Goh as a student said that Goh used to brag about beating up a mugger and said that when he was bored he would go out to pick fights. You see, Goh, like most other school shooters, is the real bully in this situation.
That same professor said that Goh couldn’t get along with women. Take it from someone who works in the healthcare industry, if you can’t get along with women you shouldn’t have chosen nursing as a field since the healthcare industry is largely made up of women. The teacher also said that Goh was not picked on for his less than perfect speaking abilities but his behavioral problems.
The husband of one of the victims said that his wife and some of the other students lived in fear from Goh who was verbally abusive towards the other students and would kick the walls of the school in frustration. Again, who’s the real bully here?
Goh was also supposedly upset about not receiving a tuition refund. That same article also states that Goh is eligible for the death penalty.
Police have recovered the .45 Goh used in the murder spree.
I’d also be remiss if I did not bring up Virginia Tech beyond the fact that both gunmen were Korean. With Goh’s inclination towards violence I wouldn’t be surprised if Goh identified with Cho Seung Hui. Goh did live in Virginia at one point but I’m not sure if it was during that time. Both Cho and Goh also couldn’t get along with women, Cho to the point where he had this fantasy life with an imaginary girlfriend. Both of them also felt like they were victims when their lots in life were truly from their own inadequacies. Basically what I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be surprised if Goh was a fan of Cho and that Oikos may be a Virginia Tech copycat.
UPDATE 4/16/2012: Last week in an exclusive interview with CBS5 in Oakland Goh has said that he’s sorry but he knows that won’t help. While I admit that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a shooter like this apologizing it’s way too little and much too late.