Friday, April 11, 2008

Va. Tech $11M Settlement

State of Virginia $11M Settlement with the families of those killed by Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech

The wanton killing of students and faculty was a tragedy. I can understand the State deciding to cover medical costs for the victims that survived. I can’t understand however how the State can be held liable for this tragedy.
We Americans are fortunate to live in a free country where we can come and go as we wish without checkpoints except of course for the ones established after 9/11, but that is a separate issue. It is unrealistic to hold a State or University liable for a random act by anyone possessing the means to kill as he did. Arming all of the faculty and student body and having armed guards roaming the campus would be outrageously expensive and dangerous in and of itself. How about shopping malls, theaters, restaurants, the list is endless. If someone is without fear of their own death that person cannot be stopped.
If a terrorist or some other crazed person kills, that is a tragedy but should not be grounds to sue any institution which has taken security as part of their responsibility.
For me, if a member of my family was killed in like manner and I was awarded money in compensation, I would immediately give every dollar to a worthy cause. Making a profit off of that death would be blood money.

Jack B. Walters
3961 N. Hillwood Circle
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 722-2958
April 11, 2008

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