Mass shooting at Oakland university raises the question: Can adults be bullied?

Apr 3, 2012

Gunman Kills Five At Oikos University In Oakland

Police secure the scene at Oikos University after a shooting that killed multiple people on April 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

One L. Goh, the 43-year-old suspect in yesterday’s mass shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California told investigators that he had targeted administrators and students who had teased him while attending the school.

Seven people died and three more were wounded in the attack, making the incident one of the worst mass killings in California history. Goh, a former Oikos student and Korean national, was arrested Monday about an hour after his shooting rampage. After speaking with Goh, Oakland police chief Howard Jordan said that Goh felt isolated after being ridiculed and laughed at because of his imperfect English speaking skills.


Was Goh bullied so much that he simply cracked? Can adults be victimized by bullying just as easily as adolescents?


Angela Woodall, reporter for the Oakland Tribune

Gary Namie, PhD, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute and co-author of “The Bully-Free Workplace”

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