Sunday, February 8, 2015


One of the members of Governor Kaine’s Virginia Tech Review Panel, Aradhana Sood, has co-authored a book (The Virginia Tech Massacre: Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus and Beyond by Aradhana Bela Sood and Robert Cohen) in which she reveals disturbing facts about the instructions the Virginia Tech Review Panel was given.
            Even for the causal reader of the report, it was clear that the panel wanted to report without holding anyone accountable. Indeed, the report was a telling testament to the art of investigating a crime with the purpose of preventing litigation. Now we have the proof.
            Dr. Gerald Amada, one of the founders and directors of the Mental Health Program, City College of San Francisco, wrote a highly critical review of the Sood and Cohen book. Here is what he says about the instructions given the panel:
“It is particularly telling, I believe, that Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine thrust on the commission a directive to focus on they incident itself (the massacre) and not other ‘related issues’ (page10), such as presumably, those pivotally important antecedents that clearly led up and contributed to the massacre. To her credit, Sood acknowledges that the state wanted to avoid any findings that might have liability implications. ‘The specter of possible litigation was ever-present.’ (page 10), she points out …”

            Dr. Amada’s critique can be found in PsycCRITIQUES, January 12, 2015, Vol. 60, No. 2, Article 1 © 2015 American Psychological Association

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