Virginia Is Still Failing on Safety

Friday, February 22, 2008

Regarding the Feb. 19 editorial "After Virginia Tech":

I wonder how many people will have to lose their lives in Virginia because someone in need of medication for mood and behavior regulation is not monitored to ensure that he takes that medication?

Virginia's failure to protect its residents in this area is truly a disgrace. Why don't lawmakers just fire all the traffic police, too?

I am the mother of a Virginian who was fatally shot in 1999 as she lay sleeping.

My daughter had been seeking help for the young Virginia man who killed her.

There was no law on the books that would have protected my daughter in 1999, and there still is no law on the books that would protect her today.

Wake up, Virginia!

LAURA HAWLEY-JARVIS

Silver Spring


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