Shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, April 2, 2012
SACRAMENTO, CA - The suspect 43-year-old One Goh, in Monday's deadly shooting rampage in Oakland, claimed that he was bullied for his poor English, according to police.
Goh, a Korean national, said his former classmates teased him because of his accent.
Adult students learning English as a second language often find themselves targets of teasing and taunting, Bullying Are Really Violating Everyone, BRAVE, founder Lisa Ford Berry said.
"...and how unkind the adults are, and you see the hurt in their faces. I just think, we think, this is pervasive in K-12, but it permeates all through our society," Berry said.
Berry founded BRAVE after her son took his own life because he was bullied, she often gives talks at local colleges about the subject.
Just last week, the documentary "Bully" debuted, highlighting the sometimes brutal effects of an ongoing nationwide problem.
Psychologist Dr. Debra Moore said that adults are bullied more often than we realize.
"When any of us feel disrespected it cuts really deep," Moore said. "Most of us have the skills and we have the stability to handle it (bullying) in a healthy way."
In very rare cases does bullying end with the person resorting to violence.
Police said Goh had been planning his attack for weeks and that he bought his semi-automatic handgun used in Monday's attack in mid-February.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org