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 says 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 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.

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.

Via: Associated Press

  • MoneyMakingMojo

    They are going to settle, the state is in a lose lose situation. It’s nothing that could have been done to prevent that. Who is going to hire armed security for an elementary school before that happened. So that was going to happen regardless and if the state goes to court to fight the lawsuit they will look like the devil (which they might be) but in an “American Tragedy” the state has to save face and pay that money.

  • MoorFedayeen

    This is frivolous. VA Tech families didn’t get much and I feel like VA was really criminally negligent in those 32 deaths because they kept the first 2 murders under wraps while the killer left for more weapons and ammo only to come back. With that that said these ppl prob won’t get a dime because there was just no way of preventing it.

  • jamar

    whats the point in paying out all that money…somebody’s is trying to turn this into a hustle…all that money aint gonna make the world no safer,and it aint gonna bring nobody back to life,


    Well damn………

  • BrownSugar

    The child is a SURVIVOR,not a FATAL victim! The parents are probably in debt since the median income in Newton is above $75,000/household. If they’re seeking $1 mil, then I guess the parents who actually LOST a child should ask for $100 mil. They need to be thank God their child is ALIVE and they’re able to still see & touch their child.

  • ss3walkman

    They’ll settle. They don’t expect to get $100 mil. They only set that mark so they can get offers at around $5 mill. Just how they do

  • BzB

    the school had security procedures in place but there’s nothing you can do to prevent a crazy maniac from shooting their way into the school.

    it’s dishonest to say the lawsuit is about increasing security and then turn around and ask for $100 millis. i agree they’ll settle, but for far less. very opportunistic…


    ….Tax Payers dollars.

  • Greg

    This is a silly lawsuit. I get that the child was traumatized, but it was an horrific act that no one could have seen coming. It’s not the state’s fault that it happened. If anything, they should try to push for better security measures at schools and more help for people with mental issues. They’re NOT gonna settle. If you can sue on behalf of ONE child that survived that experience, why not sue on behalf of the other child survivors too? That kid wasn’t the only one there. Opportunists, I tell ya. SMH