The lawsuit against the Appalachian School of Law may be settled, but justice has not been served. The sad truth is that the charges contained in the lawsuit—charges of a toxic mix of incompetence, negligence, and bureaucratic bungling will never be heard in a court of law. The unsettling and unexplainable behavior of school, law enforcement, and elected officials will never be held up to scrutiny. The result is that the conditions and factors that make schools in Virginia unsafe will never reach the public. The mistakes committed by the Appalachian School of Law are doomed to be repeated and other young people may lose their lives on Virginia school grounds. Many of these mistakes were repeated at Virginia Tech. It would be so much easier for us to find peace and move on if we knew the lessons had been heeded and the mistakes corrected.
Questions need to be answered. Police and rescue workers need to explain to our granddaughter why their mother was allowed to bleed to death for 45 minutes after the shooter had been subdued. The hospital was less than five minutes away traveling at a speed of 30 mph. School, county, and police officials need to explain why there was no emergency evacuation plan.
Justice has not been served and the same mistakes made in Grundy will be repeated elsewhere because they have not been analyzed and exposed. (To be continued)