The video taped images that Seung-Hui Cho managed to send to NBC between shootings on the Virginia Tech campus, played repeatedly by news outlets around the country, did more than extend the hurt suffered by those touched by Monday's massacre. They also glorify Cho's horrific act. And could encourage others to follow in his footsteps.
The murders of 32 people and Cho's own death took place days from the anniversary of the Columbine High School killings. Cho had indicated that he was influenced by that tragedy.
How many others in the future will now want to emulate what he did in Blacksburg, VA?
Note: Succumbing to pressure, some networks have decided to cut back or even eliminate airing of the disturbing images.