Parents of Sandy Hook Survivor File $100 Million Claim
A $100 million claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting is the first legal action to come out of the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre that left 26 children and adults dead on the 14th of December.
The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom that cold, Friday morning when Adam Lanza opened fire.
“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 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. He was approached by the little girl’s parents within a week of the horrific shooting.
“We all know its going to happen again,” Pinsky said on Friday. “Society has to take action.”
People are terrified and they will do anything to never have this happen again. This many small children cannot die in vain. Something has to be done and this case will force action to be taken.
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.”
Claiming that they had failed to provide a “safe school setting” or design “an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol.”
I think we all know that no one could have foreseen that a madman would walk into a school full of small children and open fire. It is unthinkable; unimaginable. We don’t like to believe that there are monsters among us who will prey upon even the most innocent and chaste of us all.
These children did nothing to provoke his attack. They were simply in the right place at the wrong time. Rational thinking tells us that, but how can we, as a people, be rational in the face of something so irrational?
Personally, I don’t believe these parents are filing this claim for monetary gain. I suspect that they just really want their little girl back; the innocent little girl from before that Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary ever took place.
The little girl who never heard the gunshots or feared for her life or saw the people that she loved at the place she felt secure gunned down before her very eyes. You can’t unsee those things. She can’t unhear the blood curdling screams. She will never forget.
They want back her innocence and the life they had dreamed for her. They want to make sure that no other parent ever has to go through this again.
The claim and court case could be just what our legal system needs to force some legislation. It’s been a couple weeks, and the acts of kindness are wonderful and the outpouring of love from around the world is nice, but what we all need is to be able to send our kids back to school after winter break and not fear for their lives.
The entire country needs to feel safe again.
What do you think of this $100 million dollar claim?
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