A Caution on Violent Writings Weekend Edition essayist Diane Roberts teaches English at Florida State University. She says the tragedy at Virginia Tech is creating a special kind of chill among writing students.
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A Caution on Violent Writings

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A Caution on Violent Writings

A Caution on Violent Writings

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Weekend Edition essayist Diane Roberts teaches English at Florida State University. She says the tragedy at Virginia Tech is creating a special kind of chill among writing students.

WEEKEND EDITION: her essay contains some graphic imagery.

DIANE ROBERTS: A man decapitates his ex-lover with a straight razor then tries to escape, only to be caught by a mob and castrated; he bleeds to death. A young woman fantasizes about killing her father, whom she likens to a Nazi and a vampire. An angry outcast gets sexual gratification from assaulting a dead girl he keeps in a cave.

EDITION: a vengeful woman incites her two sons to rape the daughter of her enemy, and so that the daughter can't tell on the men, they cut her tongue out. The victim's father finds out anyway and slits the boy's throats. Then he cooks their flesh and forces their mother to eat some of it before he stabs her to death.

P: My creative writing students and I have been talking about Cho and the Virginia Tech tragedy. My students are sorrowful about the killings, hearts sore and distressed at the violence in the killer's soul, and they are bothered that his plays are being seen as evidence that he would one day go on a murderous rampage. One of my students sighed bleakly, I guess we're going to have to watch what we write, she said.

: Diane Roberts teaches English at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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