There’s a story on the BBC about the parents of a girl who committed suicide who are going to sue the school she attended. The fact this girl took her life is a terrible one but I cannot see what this proposed action can possibly do to make anything better.
It states that the girl “left the school a year before taking her own life” yet they want to sue the school – why not sue everyone else who had contact with her in that year ? Why not sue every professional she saw who did not pick up this deep emotional upset she was going through ? Why sue at all ? If you want to sue a private company then go ahead – someone will pay for that somewhere (providing the company isn’t vastly huge. A fine of a million pounds wouldn’t bother BP at all, but a tenth of that would hurt most companies) but suing a public body ? There is no point at all. You don’t prevent anyone else from going through the same – you just make the accountants and managers froth at the mouth for a while. And even they don’t care because it’s not their money, they still get paid, their lives change not one jot.
There is the argument that any money ‘won’ can be used to set something up to help others, and while that could possibly be seen as worthy, don’t we have enough charities ? That’s not to say they couldn’t use more volunteers / publicity but in the wake of such an event, they can garner such publicity and the people who come forward to help would not be affected by any extra cash anyway because it would not come to them.
In time if there is another pupil at that school who is at that same point ….. then the thought that it cost the educational authorities a stack of cash will not cause the intervention by someone else – be they a teacher / pupil / other. What will cause it will be simple humanity – someone who stops, looks, thinks then acts. Someone who takes that moment to care. Someone who wasn’t there for this young girl – and all the money that can be scraped from this action cannot put someone there either.