Knoxville Native, VA Tech Teacher: "I Wanted Him Out"

Blacksburg, VA (WVLT) - We are learning just how troubled the shooter was before Monday's massacre.

Wednesday night, native Knoxvillian, Virginia Tech professor and poet Nikki Giovanni spoke at a university in Peoria, Illinois, regarding her former student and just how frightened she was.

Enough so to have him removed from her creative writing class.

"I wanted him out of my class and I got him out of my class cause I was gonna resign before I tried to teach him anymore. And I said that and I was serious. I don't like people that try to intimidate and bully me. I don't wanna be bullied, and I'm not gonna let some student bully me."

Giovanni says Cho's in-class behavior prompted dozens of other students not to attend her lectures.

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  • by Werner Location: Knoxville, TN on Apr 19, 2007 at 10:40 PM
    After the shootings, the first thing that Sen. Harry Reid said was that the United States does not need gun control. There are 32 lives gone. Most of them were learning to get a skill so that they could contribute to make our nation a better place. The right of those 32 people to life should be stronger than the right of a mentally derranged person to purchase a firearm. The names of mentally disturbed people should be reported to law enforcement so that disturbed people will not be able to purchase or carry a gun. This change would protect innocent lives.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Fredericksburg, VA on Apr 19, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    As a mother of a student currently enrolled at Virginia Tech and another who graduated a few years ago, I am appalled and devistated by the Virginia Tech gunmans actions and the senseless loss of life he caused. I do feel this whole incident could have been prevented if someone had really taken the time to attempt to get inside this child's head and give him the help he needed. However, Ms. Giovanni's comments made to the press regarding her issues with this obviously sick child are more about her and how she feels about the incident than what she should be conveying as a "distinguished educator". Does she have any consideration for this child's parents or other family members and the shame and agony must have been experiencing at the very moment she chose to grandstand for the press when she spoke with Larry King on April 18th? She is obviously using this horrible incident to further promote her own self-centered opinions to the press, disguised as one of support and compassion for our beloved students and faculty who perished. Over the years, this woman's ego has been inflated by her honorary degrees that support her standing in the edcation community. Perhaps instead of giving ultimatums to her superiors at VT, she could have tried to make a difference. I have followed Ms. Giovanni's tenure at VT, and strongly recommended to both of my children who attended this fine institution to not even consider taking her courses due to her ever present arrogance in her writings and teachings. Educators are public servants and public servants do not have the luxury to make such comments riddled with ignorance regarding any student, regardless of how disturbed they may be or what they have done. Ms. Giovanni had a responsibility as an educator to alert her superiors in a manner of concern for her students, not because she felt bullied or intimidated. Perhaps she could have made a difference.


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