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$100 million school shooting claim about security, Connecticut lawyer says

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 29, 2012 at 1:12 p.m.

— A lawyer who’s asking to sue Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a 6-year-old Newtown school shooting survivor who heard violence over the school’s intercom system said the potential claim is about improving school security, not money.

“It’s about living in a world that’s safe,” New Haven attorney Irving Pinsky told The Associated Press on Saturday. “The answer is about protecting the kids.”

Pinsky asked this week to sue the state, which has immunity against most lawsuits unless it gives a party permission to go forward with a claim. Connecticut’s claims commissioner couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.

Pinksy’s client, whom he calls “Jill Doe” in the claim, sustained “emotional and psychological trauma and injury” on Dec. 14 after gunman Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 children and six adults inside in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

The child heard “conversations, gunfire and screaming” over Sandy Hook’s intercom after someone in the office apparently switched on the system, according to the claim. Pinsky said Saturday he didn’t know whether his client saw anyone die.

The state Board of Education, Department of Education and state education commissioner failed to protect the child “from foreseeable harm,” including by failing to provide a safe school setting, the filing said.

It also said the parties failed to review and carefully scrutinize annual strategic school profile reports from the local school district and Sandy Hook Elementary as well as “other submissions with respect to student safety and emergency response planning and protocol.”

It said the parties also failed to require the school and local Board of Education to formulate and implement an effective student safety emergency response plan.

Pinsky said Saturday he didn’t want to reveal more about the 6-year-old or details about her experience during the shooting because of privacy concerns.

The attorney said he hasn’t gotten a reply from the state yet. The Hartford Courant first reported the filing.


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TiggerEd says... December 29, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.

Pinsky said Jill Doe suffered emotional and psychological trauma and injury. Does he not think that every person in that school suffered. Yes the schools should do something to make the schools safer and I feel sure that after this tragic event in Newtown that something will be down. If any thing is done how about taking Mr. Pinsky lawers license away for wanting to try and sue the city at this time. Just another lawyer wanting to make a fast buck. Did the family contact him or did he try to find a family that he could talk into trying to sue. If the family contacted him then that family also has a problem and is not teaching the child how to handle situtations.

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RonalFos says... December 29, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.

The school was locked down and that is all they should be required to do. This lawsuit is a fools errand.

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mkm157 says... December 29, 2012 at 8:38 p.m.

When they say it's not about the money it;s about the money. Ambulance chaser that wants be like the shooter and get his name in the headlines. What a jerk!

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Churchill says... December 29, 2012 at 10:56 p.m.

Typical Lawyer. Sleeze

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Ran2133 says... December 29, 2012 at 11:49 p.m.

The "legal vultures" are coming forward. If the state agrees they can be sued then watch out: the followers will be like a dam that breaks during flooding. Schools are 'sitting ducks' for nut cases because they are "gun free zones," which is ridiculous.

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bdizzle says... December 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.

As frivolous as this lawsuit sounds, it just might have some success. Students in the Virginia Tech massacre succeeded in a claim after the April 16 shooting by Seung-Hui Cho who shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others. The ruling claimed school officials failed to send alerts to students in a timely manner.

I do suppose the school district is responsible for our children while they are at school just as a babysitter is responsible for a child in their custody. It sounds like a bad time to be think about money, but there are others who were seriously injured and have medical bills needing paid; some will require attention for quite sometime. Let alone funeral expenses. the school may not have been able to save all students, but it seems that there was no response whatsoever after the shooting had begun.

Security guards are on property, but no response. School officials have radios, no one used them. It's becoming quite obvious this is the reason we always had fire and tornado drills in the event of a natural disaster - this saved the school's ass. With no drill or planned act in this type of situation, I believe the school does need to show some type of initiation for what has happened.

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Jfish says... December 30, 2012 at 6:33 a.m.

Here come the vultures to pick up the carnage and try and make some money, would you really expect anything less from them? Just watch the attorney advertisements on TV everyday.

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