There is no evidence that Forge was serious. None. David Southard, a detective with the Ozark Police Department, filed a probable cause statement that acknowledged:
I requested permission from Forge to search his residence and briefcase to look for any items, which could be used in making an explosive device. We were granted permission by Forge to search his residence, and nothing was located to make us consider an explosive device was possible. ...
Forge informed me he was preparing his class at OTC-Richwood Valley Campus for a test which he felt the students were nervous for, so he decided to make a comic relief and to lighten the mood of the class. Forge informed, while holding his briefcase to his chest, he informed the class he was a suicide bomber. Forge informed he immediately felt bad about the joke, and did not remember what he said immediately afterwards, but informed he wanted to say something to the effect that the exam in his briefcase was a bomb. Forge informed at that time one of his students make the comment that his statement was inappropriate, especially because of the events which recently occurred at Virginia Technical College, and Forge informed he agreed with the student.
•Steven Grant, a Colorado minister, says Cho Seung-Hui killed 32 people because the Bible has been banned from public schools. Grant writes in an op-ed in the Greeley Tribune:
The shooter at Virginia Tech was a madman. However, he had also been raised on a solid diet of secular humanism which teaches no moral absolutes. "If it feels good, do it," is one of the many mantras he ingested. Consequently he did what felt good, and innocent people died as a result. Today, we cannot condemn his actions unless we judge what we fed him as a society. What we sow, we also reap. And we will continue to have a bloody harvest until we return to what we know worked to make America great as a nation in the generations before us; the culture, training, and absolute morality of the Christian faith and our Savior Jesus Christ.
"I danced for a little while and I thought we were done because he got up and went to the restroom and began washing. And I said, 'well, do you want me to go? I'm going to go ahead and go'. And he's like, 'I paid for the full hour, you've only been here for 15 minutes,' and then he came back in the room. And I started dancing and that's when he you know, touched me and tried to get on me and that's when I pushed him away."
"Well, they asked me what happened, and then they asked me if anything stuck out."