Thursday, April 19, 2007

"One of Mr. Cho's English professors said on Wednesday that she so feared the intimidating nature of the English major that she threatened to resign if he were not removed from her class."

“He was a very intimidating student to my other students,” poetry professor Nikki Giovanni said. As a result of his disturbing presence and his graphic writing, she actually wrote to Ms. Roy asking that he be removed from her class, which he was.

“I was willing to resign before I was going to continue with him.”

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Hopefully this tragedy will lead to other troubled students getting the help they need (therapy, medication, restriction on ability to purchase weapons). Even if it involves having them removed from school.

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You can listen to Niki Giovanni's memorial speech here.

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

My Gawd. Nikki Giovanni holds a lot of importance to me. Thank you so much, Peter, for sharing that. I have always loved her and if she says someone is bad you KNOW they are bad. Bad, bad, bad.