LETTERS: Tragedy on their watch

LETTERS: Tragedy on their watch

Editor: Re: Guilty plea to 2014 murder of high school student, Sept. 15.

Editor:

Re: Guilty plea to 2014 murder of high school student, Sept. 15.

I’m absolutely disgusted that a high-risk-to-reoffend, convicted sexual offender was released into the community.

How could the powers that be let this happen? With blood on their hands, they should do some self-evaluation.

Elected officials are put into place to protect their fellow citizens. The sheep need a shepherd. Especially when a wolf is dropped into the middle of the flock. The irony is that all rules and regulations are usually written in blood.

Unfortunately, there has to be tragedy to change things. If this tragedy happened to my family, I would file a wrongful-death lawsuit against all parties involved, from the justice system, Parole Board, RCMP and local government.

Sadly, it seems the only time government and authorities care is when it costs them money.

I hope this tragedy encourages citizens to demand more from their governments. We need stronger sentencing at the judicial level, higher standards to meet in paroling, increased parole-board oversight and increased RCMP monitoring on parolees.

My condolences are with the family of Serena Vermeersch.

Kevin Yee, Surrey