April 19, 2007

WARNINGS IGNORED: “Cho (whose full name is pronounced joh sung-wee) appears first to have alarmed the noted Virginia Tech poet Nikki Giovanni in a creative writing class in fall 2005, Giovanni said. . . . Days later, seven of Giovanni’s 70 or so students showed up for a class. She asked them why the others didn’t show up and was told that they were afraid of Cho. ‘Once I realized my class was scared, I knew I had to do something,’ she said.”

But not much happened. (Which is, sadly, typical). Giovanni is pretty tough — she’s from Knoxville and I know her slightly — and if she was alarmed, there was something to be alarmed about.

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