- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (March 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307587703
- ISBN-13: 978-0307587701
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Right to Remain Silent: What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech Reprint Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
In the fall of 2005, Roy, then chair of Virginia Tech's English department, began a year of one-on-one work with a student whose professor found his affect and work content disturbing. No one knew just how disturbed he was, however, until he opened fire on faculty and students in April 2007, committing the "largest mass murder by a single shooter" in American history. Roy's book takes an unflinching look at Seung-Hui Cho, the day's horrific events, and the University's role in warning students and recovering afterward. Despite personal risk (her book will probably "oblige me to move on" from a home she loves), Roy is driven by a responsibility to tear down the Tech administration's "wall of silence." The book raises important issues regarding the limits of privacy, where a family's duties end and a school's begin, and how likely it is that more rigorous attention could lead to unnecessary suspensions and expulsions. Roy's book makes a difficult read not just because of the subject matter but also because, two years later, much seems unresolved; that Roy needs to expose petty academic politics (at an institution for which she has obvious affection) in order to make the case for more conscientious student care is dismaying.
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"NO RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT exposes gaping flaws in the system for dealing with dangerously troubled students....Lucinda Roy is frustrated. She has reason to be....[she] conveys the anguish of being caught up in one of these tragedies."
–The Washington Post
“NO RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT is a fine work. Roy is a good writer and a good person.”
“An important contribution to the literature of grieving. I am certain other books will be published exploring the many complex issues that pertain to the Cho incident, but none is likely to have the personal and intense connection to the killer as does this one….A touchstone for subsequent treatements of the tragedy at Virginia Tech.”
"A Virginia Tech faculty member somberly narrates her fruitless attempts to secure counseling for Seung-Hui Cho and examines the implications of his subsequent rampage....Calm analysis only highlights the urgency of Roy's warning that fundamental problems in American culture need to be addressed lest similar tragedies recur."
"Roy's book takes an unflinching look at Seung-Hui Cho, the day's horrific events, and the University's role in warning students and recovering afterward....Roy is driven by a responsibility to tear down the Tech administration's 'wall of silence.' The book raises important issues regarding the limits of privacy, where a family's duties end and a school's begin, and how likely it is that more rigorous attention could lead to unnecessary suspensions and expulsions."
From the Hardcover edition.
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I do think our country really needs to address the issues of mental health - and the ability to buy guns and many, many rounds of ammunition where the only intent is to kill as many as possible in as short a time as possible.
Great book to generate discussions.
She is especially tuned in to tell this story because it was one of her colleagues, Nikki Giovanni, who brought the hostile, strange man, Seung-Woo Cho to Roy's attention. Cho's in-class demeanor and choices of personal writing for Giovanni's class caused the professor and the classmates such pain, fear, and suspicion that Giovanni said she would no longer teach the class if Cho were not removed. Roy began to tutor him one-on-one to try to help him finish his degree, graduate on time, and begin to find his place in the world.
The book is burdened with explanations of the policies of student privacy in terms of health and student work. Roy includes information on the Panel Study, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, race, and parenting. Occasionally these chapters are filled with acronyms and edu-speak. Nevertheless, when Roy is able to speak of her own impressions and experiences with Cho as well as with other troubled, possibly dangerous, students, the work is emotionally charged.
I understand the laws of privacy, having been a teacher. I understand the layers of bureaucracy one must wind through to find help for a particular student. It is these issues that Roy challenges, for Cho, perhaps, could have been helped, prevented from giving in to his rage, and 33 people would still be alive.
"No Right to Remain Silent" asks many questions about privacy issues, public safety, and parent-child relationships. It is impossible to know how the campus might have prevented this terrible event. What is clear is that too much is withheld from those most at risk. Roy's final words on the subject in the book, a sestina she wrote, bring into focus the terrible grief and the feelings of loss inflicted by one student with mental issues who was not helped when he needed help most. Parents? Family? Schools? Many wish to assign blame. No one has answers.