On Friday, a lawyer representing the family of a 6-year-old survivor of the tragic Newtown shooting that left 20 children and 6 adults dead is asking to file a $100 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut because of “emotional and psychological trauma” suffered by the youngster.
“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.”
Because the state of Connecticut has immunity to protect itself from lawsuits, attorneys must ask the state for permission in order to file lawsuites against Connecticut. So, in order to actually file the $100 million lawsuit against Connecticut, Pinksy will first have to receive permission from Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr.
To protect the identity of the 6-year-old and the youngster’s family, the suit would be filed under the name “Jill Doe,” who was in her classroom when Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 first graders and 6 adults.
Pinksy claims his client sustained “emotional and psychological trauma and injury” after hearing “conversations, gunfire and screaming” over the school’s intercom system after someone in the office switched on the system, according to the claim. Pinksy confirmed Saturday that he does not know whether or not his client actually saw anyone shot or killed.
Nevertheless, he claims the lawsuit is about safety, not money. The claim seeks to demonstrate that the state Board of Education, Department of Education, and state education commissioner failed to protect the 6-year-old from “foreseeable harm,” which included the failure to provide a safe school setting.
According to The Associated Press, the claim 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 says the parties also failed to require the school and local Board of Education to formulate and implement an effective student safety emergency response plan.”
If Pinksy is granted permission to sue the state and he somehow succeeds in winning the $100 million lawsuit, he’ll essentially help prevent making schools in Connecticut safer for children, as the money would go to him and his client rather than to the school system.
Commenters around the internet called his decision to sue “disgusting,” clearly angered by the lawyer’s decision to seemingly take advantage of the situation.
What do you think about the lawsuit? Should he be granted permission to file the suit? Comment below.
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