In a ruling that will be appealed, a federal judge has issued mixed ruling, indicating that Texas A&M University cannot be sued in federal court while at the same time indicating he may have felt the school was negligent. Read the Associated Press article in the Houston Chronicle
As one who has attended several bonfires in the past, it saddens me to think there will be no more of the kind built while I was attending A&M. It is a sign of the times we live in that the university is being threatened in court over this matter. Certainly it is a tragedy that a dozen young people were killed. Nonetheless, how many of them would favor their parents’ litigious vengeance? Few things worth doing in life are without risk. Because an accident occurred doesn’t mean that someone or something must be held responsible. Nor does it mean that traditional events with an element of risk must be re-examined “intellectually”. Some things are worth doing simply because we can.