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Sandy Hook Survivor’s Parents Seek Permission To Sue Connecticut For Newtown Shooting

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Two weeks after 27 people were murdered in a hail of bullets at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, one six-year-old survivor’s family is seeking to sue the state for damage the child sustained in witnessing the incomprehensible horror earlier this month.

The surviving child, who has not been identified publicly, was in attendance at Sandy Hook Elementary the day Adam Lanza stormed into the building and murdered 20 first-graders and six staff members before taking his own life.

Many children were spared due to the heroic acts of teachers at the school, but the claim alleges that the state failed to adequately protect the young child represented by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.

Pinsky says that unmeasurable damage resulted from the shooter’s actions, and that the child, identified in the Sandy Hook shooting claim as Jill Doe, was potentially irrevocably harmed:

“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 Hartford Courant reports that Pinsky explains some of the trauma resulting from the use of the school’s intercom during the massacre, subjecting every person within the building to the horrific sounds of the ongoing killings before they stopped:

“She was in her classroom, and over the loudspeaker came the horrific confrontation between the fellow who shot everybody and other people … Her friends were killed. That’s pretty traumatic.”

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The Courant reports that Pinsky says the claim was filed against the state — which normally is shielded from such suits due to immunity — so the information can be received intact before it can be “shaped” by insurance companies:

“This way the state of Connecticut will get the notice and they will have the attorney general’s office and their investigators see what happened and why the school was not protected.”

If given permission to proceed, the Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit will be filed seeking $100 million in damages.

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32 Responses to “Sandy Hook Survivor’s Parents Seek Permission To Sue Connecticut For Newtown Shooting”

  1. Cheryl Carroll

    It would be a serious mistake to sue the state as the teachers did all they could and risked their own lives for the children. A lawsuit diminishes their sacrifice. In the end, the state is no to blame. Adam Lanza alone is to blame for his actions. All the kids will live with this for the rest of their lives, just like any other survivor of violence does. Get your child in therapy, provide a safe and secure home for her and love her. That will do far more than the money will. God bless.

  2. Cheryl Carroll

    Let me add this: she can heal and have a happy life. Will she be different? Without a doubt. But good may come of it. Your child may devote her life to understanding mental illness so it can be treated, she may become a teacher to emulate those that sacrificed for her or become a counselor to help others. She has her life and while it is changed, you are very blessed to still have her. Her life isn't over and she can get better. If I thought the state in any way accountable, I would say proceed and more power to you

  3. Cheryl Carroll

    Screen froze…but your efforts are better focused on her recovery and that will take all your energy and efforts. However, if you want to sue the NRA, I'm ok with that. I doubt it would win but I'm ok with it anyway.

  4. Steph Bazzle

    I know these people must be in so much pain right now, but not only are they wrong- there is little the school or state could have realistically done to prevent this, and neither school nor state is at fault- but they're going to cause harm to others by this. If my kids' school, for instance, feels that paying out for security and gates and metal detectors is necessary to avoid lawsuits…..there goes the computer money and gym equipment money and field trip money. And honestly, there is just not a high level of risk, and taking away their education in favor of protecting against an almost non-existent risk….well, I reckon I'd be glad they'd done it if we ever had a situation, but as it stands, I don't see it as a reasonable response.

  5. Steph Bazzle

    I know these people must be in so much pain right now, but not only are they wrong- there is little the school or state could have realistically done to prevent this, and neither school nor state is at fault- but they're going to cause harm to others by this. If my kids' school, for instance, feels that paying out for security and gates and metal detectors is necessary to avoid lawsuits…..there goes the computer money and gym equipment money and field trip money. And honestly, there is just not a high level of risk, and taking away their education in favor of protecting against an almost non-existent risk….well, I reckon I'd be glad they'd done it if we ever had a situation, but as it stands, I don't see it as a reasonable response.

  6. Kim LaCapria

    I balked at the initial figure myself as well as the notion this was a safety failure — but I am interested in what more lawyers have to say about evidence.

    The lawsuit's proposed award is very high, but I wonder (genuinely) if there is any credence in what he says about the facts of the massacre being obscured? I wonder if this is a real legal consideration, you know? It is intriguing and a bit concerning.

  7. Russ Herbstsomer

    Just a money grab. The people involved with this lawsuit should be ashamed of themselves. Had the intercom NOT been turned on by the brave principal, their daughter might have been another dead student.

  8. Ange Ncali

    They want closure but this is not the way to go about it, even though the shooter killed himself, among other cases such as the shooter killing themselves, it doesn't mean they should escape their judgement sentence! Whoever this lawyer is is for sure outside of the town so does not feel what they are suing for is the wrong thing to do. None of the kids deserve this but to put this case through, that is going to be more struggle for the kids to endure as well as the parents. I mean the only evidence they have is the guns, witnesses which are kids and teacher/staff.

  9. James Jeffery

    I guess the net step is for the lawyer to sue the Vatican because God allowed Adam Lanza to be born. How's about the lawyer sue himself for not suing the state of Conn long before this happened and therefore forcing the state to put the proper safeguards in place. How's about America sues him because he didn't take action in Portland and Aurora and all the other places where he could have forced the authorities to ensure a safer environment. It's all Irving J Pinsky's fault and he needs to be sued along with his parents for not raising him properly!

  10. Kathy N Ron

    Lawyer will get 33 mill. They need to go after the Mothers estate seems she bought the guns.

  11. Kathy N Ron

    The child is alive, this is ridiculous, ambulance chasing lawyer. Lawyer will get 33 mill. Not the schools/states fault!

  12. Claudette Carlson

    Having that intercom on saved countless lives. Would the family rather the intercom not be on, teachers be unaware and not have locked and hid the children? To me, this is a way to make a gain from an unfortunate tragedy and that's wrong. As a therapist working with children, this child can recover and having 100 million dollars in the bank has nothing to do with that recovery. It's shameful.

  13. Keesh Mantle

    It really is sad that their child still being alive isn't enough for these parents to be thankful for.

  14. Alana Lewis

    She was in her classroom, and over the loudspeaker came the horrific confrontation between the fellow who shot everybody and other people," Pinsky said. "Her friends were killed. That's pretty traumatic."

    Who was not traumatized! The nation was shocked and traumatized. How to cash in on the coat tails of a tragedy through a child. Shame on them! The attorney is seeking approval, this is disgusting. I hope the Commissioner nips this now, and does not approve this lawsuit. No one can predict the actions of mad men. This mental person came in and shot his way into the school. Who and how were you to prevent that. The teachers, principal, who through themselves, literally to stop him, paid with their lives and now this family, (only after a week after the shootings, by the way, not even all the victims were buried yet!) were seeking attorneys for damages! Again, Shame on them.

  15. Alana Lewis

    Further, they have their child! The parents of the lost victims would rather pay money to have their child here. This is disgusting!

  16. Nancy Jakobsson

    I read about this yesterday. For the parents of a surviving child to sue for 6 million goes against what the real heroes did shielding and protecting children from gunfire at the cost of their own lives. It's also offensive to the parents that lost their children. Imagine what can be done with Six Million dollars to prevent this from happening again? Instead, these people should hug their child and seek counseling to help them heal.

  17. Jason Forman

    These parents are just plain greedy. Taking advantage of a terrible situation where 20 other children didn't survive and all these parents can think about is how to get money…I wonder just how thankful they really are that their kid survived? Or which do they care about more survival or their pocketbook?

  18. Miguel N Myra Ochoa

    Its sad that this attorney probably pressured the parent of this 6 year old to try and sue, just so he can cash in on this tragedy. I know the economy is bad now but damn this lawyer has no morals.

  19. Kathy McGowan-Giacobbe

    What is wrong with people? I'm not saying that what happened didn't traumatize the child…..hell, id be too….but what about being thankful that their child survived and let him/her get help and move on…kids are resilient and stronger than we think. Just think how the parents of the children who didn't survive feel. I bet they would gladly trade places with you.

  20. William Hall

    If they are just trying to make a buck its disgusting to me but perhaps a suit like this will force the powers that be to make the schools safer to prtoect themselves form future suits…. To save money they would make changes but not to proactively keep the kids safe….. PFFFFFT! whole thing is sick….

  21. Rob Barron

    Connecticut allows conceal carry in their school. Sandy Hook elected to post a sign declaring themselves a "Gun Free Zone". That is their right. With rights come responsibilities. The school, by exercising their right, inherently assumed responsibility to provide equal or greater protection than coul have been provided by a trained, licensed, law abiding citizen. They failed. By not fulfilling the responsibility of protecting the children they also have a responsibility financially. They should also be paying for all of the funerals and any hospital/medical bills as a result of their failure.

  22. Rob Barron

    Edit to previous comment- Not to imply that random citizens should be roaming the halls of te schools, but if our president's kids have armed guards, I feel my child is at least equally as important as the president's child and deserves equal protection. I believe this lawsuit will serve as a reminder to school systems that simply posting a sticker on the door does NOT absolve them of the responsibilities and consequences of their action/inaction.

  23. Sandra Laigle

    Why? By doing this they are keeping it in the childs mind constantly. I guess the Parents want to keep the trauma going. The school did a great job considering what they were put through. No one ever expects to go to work and run into a madman. No human being could function if they had to think about that every day. Doing this is an insult to all of the other children. Especially to the parents that did have a child killed. The big question is this, what would these parents be doing if their child, God forbid had died?

  24. Sandra Laigle

    William, that school was safe. They never let anyone in. The only thing that could be safer is to let the children hold school in a prison. Did we have to do that? No. They should not have to.