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Parent Of Sandy Hook Survivor Seeking $100 Million

The parent of one of the children who survived the December 14th shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has made a claim against the Newtown school system and other entities for $100 million:

A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor is the first legal action to come out of the Connecticut school shooting that left 26 children and adults dead two weeks ago.

The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire, according to the claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.

“As a consequence, the … child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined,” the claim said.

Pinsky said he filed a claim on Thursday with state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., whose office must give permission before a lawsuit can be filed against the state.

“We all know its going to happen again,” Pinsky said on Friday. “Society has to take action.”

Twenty children and six adults were shot dead on December 14 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The children were all 6 and 7 years old.

Pinsky’s claim said that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”

It said they had failed to provide a “safe school setting” or design “an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol.”
Pinsky said he was approached by the child’s parents within a week of the shooting.

At the time Adam Lanza showed up at the school that day, the doors were locked an visitors could only be let in by someone in authority in the school office. When the incident started, teachers and aides did everything they could to evacuate the building or get the children into areas where they’d be hidden and safe. One teacher lost her life protecting her children from Lanza’s murderous spree. What, exactly, is it that this family asserts the school could have reasonably done differently? Perhaps they need to count their blessings, be glad their child is safe, and stop looking for a pot of gold out of this horrible tragedy.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    Yeah, this is creepy. Maybe if we find a cure for America’s gun obsession we can move on to finding a cure for our litigiousness.

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  2. Susan Duclos says:

    Pinsky’s claim said that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”

    It said they had failed to provide a “safe school setting” or design “an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol.”

    “Perhaps” this is the perfect statement about not having anyone with the ability to protect the children. Brave teachers died by putting their unarmed bodies in the line of fire with no capabilities to fight back. I hope this lawsuit receives tons of attention because then maybe, just maybe, people will see that our children need to be protected, not left defenseless with the illusion that a locked door will stop a killer.

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  3. Gustopher says:

    The kid’s parents are parasites.

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  4. elizajane says:

    I assume that the NRA is paying for their lawyer.

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  5. superdestroyer says:

    @michael reynolds:

    A find it humorous that a progressive is criticizing personal injury lawyers when progressives usually go out of their way to put more money into the pockets of those attorneys.

    The school district has no choice but to fight all claims and hopefully bankrupt a few PI lawyers.

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  6. stonetools says:

    @Susan Duclos:

    “Perhaps” this is the perfect statement about not having anyone with the ability to protect the children.

    Gee, maybe every school should have an armed and trained security guard capable of resisting an incursion by a guy with a semi automatic rifle with a 30 round magazine, semi-automatic pistols, and hundreds of rounds of ammo. And maybe we could pay for all the billions of dollars it would cost with a tax on gun owners . After all, its because they want easy and unlimited access to their deadly little toys that locked doors don’t protect schools any longer.

    After schools, may be we look at placing such guards at every mall, every playground, every church, every fast food restaurant and every movie theater. After all, there are lots of kids at those places too. The gun owners would pay for it all, of course. Sounds like a plan to me!

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  7. Tom Roff says:

    13.5 Billion would train, pay a 35-40k salary and cover admin costs to put 2 guards in all US K-12 schools. .

    Simply take that sum out of the 51.5 Billion we send to countries that hate us.

    Would that not leave 38 Billion for us to waste on Foreign Aid?

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  8. Todd Morris says:

    Wouldn’t this be a pretty good example of how requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance would really makes sense? I agree with Doug’s assessment that suing the school district is almost frivolous. Suing the estate of Adam Lanza’s mother would possibly be more appropriate, (especially for someone who was actually physically injured) … but the estate probably doesn’t have the assets for it to be worthwhile.

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  9. A Native Texan says:

    Another blood sucking laywer comes out of the ground in serch of easy cash.

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  10. Ernieyeball says:
  11. bill says:

    @michael reynolds: one may beget the other!

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  12. CSK says:

    If I were the parent, I’d be counting my blessings instead of suing. I was also pretty sure that someone, at some point, would file suit. The really sad part is that this will curdle some of the sympathy people feel for the survivors, because it will be seen for what it probably is–cashing in on a horrible tragedy..

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  13. michael reynolds says:

    @superdestroyer:

    A find it humorous that a progressive is criticizing personal injury lawyers when progressives usually go out of their way to put more money into the pockets of those attorneys.

    You know what I find predictable? That you can’t shift to dealing with an actual person and instantly go to a cliche. The fact that cliche is irrelevant to the person you’re addressing — I’ve never sued anyone — indicates a rigid, narrow mind that must rely on formulae, stereotypes and pre-chewed ideas.

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  14. al-Ameda says:

    And the State of Connecticut should pay these damages … why?
    and,
    @superdestroyer:
    I’m pretty sure that gun advocates put these parents up to this lawsuit.

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  15. OldSouth says:

    Words fail. Just when one thinks the attorneys have hit absolute scum-sucking ethical bottom, we have this sort of news.

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  16. Xenos says:

    @OldSouth: “the attorneys” did not do anything here. One attorney filed on behalf of clients. It looks like a frivolous suit, but I could be wrong. The State of Connecticut can handle this, so there is noi reason to get bent out of shape over it.

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  17. Xenos says:

    Also, too: is this going to be a federal case? If so, rule 11 will sort this out right quick.

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  18. Tyrell says:

    @Tom Roff: Many schools around here already have officers on duty, but sometimes they are pulled away for emergencies elsewhere. I talked to a guy the other day who had what I thought was a good idea: utilize extra space at schools for a police office. This could be manned not only by regular police, but people who are training to be policemen and retired police officers. Usually the presence of a couple of police cars and knowing there is a armed officer at the school is enough to keep trouble far away.
    It appears there is a lower life form than some of the politicians and news media: lawyers.
    No shame, none.

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  19. JohnFLob says:

    @michael reynolds:
    Perhaps we could save 1,000′s of children each day if we would/could overcome the obcession with abortions. How many children were aborted during the sme time frame as the incident at Sandy Hook?

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  20. AUghy63 says:

    CDC records so 1.2 million abortions in 2008 and the left says nothing. Twenty children are taking away in a horrific act and the left comes unglued; 1,200,000:20. Oh that’s right the 1.2 million was a choice.

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