Selective Mutism Summary

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Seung Hui Cho the Virginia Tech shooter suffered from selective mutism, according to a The Washington Post article, “Unknown to Va. Tech, Cho Had a Disorder.” Selective mutism is the inability to speak in specific situations or to specific people, due to social anxiety. Even before Cho was a student at Virginia Tech he was diagnosed with this severe anxiety disorder, by the public-school system. Cho was placed in special education to help with the disorder, a fact that was never reported to Virginia Tech. While in special education Cho learned to speak openly about his fears associated with the anxiety. Once he was out of public- school, Cho did not seek out continuing help for his condition. Cho exhibited many different disturbing behaviors
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