U.S. News – Jury says Virginia Tech negligent for delays in warnings about 2007 shootings.
I just don’t get frivolous lawsuits. I don’t know why they’re legal and I sure as hell don’t understand why a group of 12 jurors thinks that awarding people obscene amounts of money somehow rectifies some wrongful deed.
For those who may not know or remember, some dude named Seung-Hui Cho killed 2 people in an off-campus dormitory near Virginia Tech University on April 16, 2007. 2 1/2 hours later, Seung-Hui Cho killed 30 more people on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Parents of two of the victims sued the University for negligence for not notifying everyone on campus about the shootings.
Let’s get one thing straight here. There is only one person culpable for the killing of over 30 people that harrowing day, and that is Seung-Hui Cho. That douchekite can’t stand trial, though, because he killed himself before the police could apprehend him.
Furthermore, the first two killings happened off-campus and the police on-scene determined it was an isolated incident, so why would the University decide to warn people when they’ve been assured by the police department that there’s nothing to worry about?
The jurors were to deliberate and decide whether or not the University could have reasonably foreseen the events of that day. Um, do we expect our universities of have working crystal balls now? Should they all have Sylvia Browne on speed-dial? Anyone with that type of prognostication skill would have won the lottery by now and wouldn’t be worried about having a job predicting anything.
Celeste Peterson, one of the parents who sued VaTech, had this to say after the verdict, “Today we got what we wanted. The truth is out there, and that’s all we ever wanted. We came here for the truth.”
The truth? You wanted the truth? The truth has never been in question. The facts of these heinous murders were all over the news all day and for a few days afterward. No, what you did lady was attempt to profit from your child’s death and that is fucking despicable. Absolutely, undeniably despicable.
Neither the University, nor anyone affiliated with it, committed these crimes. They did not enable or assist Seung-Hui Cho in perpetrating these crimes. They did not know about the intentions of Seung-Hui Cho beforehand. In short, they did nothing wrong.
The idiotic jury awarded $4 million each to the two parents, however Virginia state law limits the awards in cases such as these to $100,000. That’s still $100,000 more than the University should have to pay. No amount of money is going to undo what was done. It is not going to bring back anyone’s children and it certainly doesn’t “get the truth out there.” It just goes to show how fucked up our legal system is that people can profit from murder.
I would really like to hear the rationale these 12 moronic jurors used to decide that the University should pay $8 million for actions that they had no control over. I can’t even imagine one argument that would make me even slightly think that the school should pay one dollar to these money-grubbing, pathetic excuses for human beings.
This whole debacle would be akin to me suing the city of Cincinnati because I was mugged on its streets. The city wouldn’t be able to predict that I would get mugged any more than the VaTech would be able to predict a mass-murder spree happening on campus. It’s unfathomable and impossible and holding either accountable for either circumstance is RETARDED.
I can find no words to adequately describe the intense disdain I have for both the idiotic parents who sued and the moronic jurors who agreed with them. Our judicial system is beyond FUBAR when things such as this can happen.
April 16, 2007 was truly a horrible day in American history, but the events in a Virginia court room today and leading up to today are shameful and embarrassing. I would not mind a bit if legislation were passed to prohibit frivolous suits like this from ever being filed again.