Skip to comments.Claim seeks $100 million for child survivor of Connecticut school shooting
Posted on 12/28/2012 5:31:42 PM PST by John W
MERIDEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor is the first legal action to come out of the Connecticut school shooting that left 26 children and adults dead two weeks ago.
The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard "cursing, screaming, and shooting" over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire, according to the claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.
"As a consequence, the ... child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined," the claim said.
Pinsky said he filed a claim on Thursday with state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., whose office must give permission before a lawsuit can be filed against the state.
"We all know its going to happen again," Pinsky said on Friday. "Society has to take action."
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What took so long for the vultures?
The attorney did say he was approached by the child’s parents within a week of the shooting.
And the idiots in the jury will agree, never realizing that it is THEIR money that they are handing over to the family... and it's to one of the families that did NOT lose a child, too.
Such slime comes stock with many lawyer$, but with bodies barely cold, these 'parent$' are worried about their little darling having heard some cursing, etc.
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The lawsuit claims the state Board of Education, Department of Education, and Education Commissioner failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”
Not to mention that the state will have $100 million less to do what they are complaining that they didn’t do.
Might be a good thing if local school boards can be made responsible for security. If your paying off lawsuits it would be harder to give your brother-in-law a maintenance contract or your daughter that full time admin job. Hell, you could give another brother-in-law the security job and continue to give teaching jobs to the kids of supporters.
That's one reason lawyers try to pack juries with morons like the OJ jurors, people who couldn't spell "DNA" if you spotted them the 'D' the 'N' and the 'A'.
Golden pistols shooting silver bullets are not necessary.
Well, kat, this might be the only way that the “SITTING DUCK” problem gets addressed.
This is just idiotic.
My perspective on this is that if the State or Feds want to leave a school defenseless in direct contradiction to the 2nd amendment they should be held liable. Those who restrict us from defending ourselves should be held liable for not protecting us. The Constitution specifically states that the Fed is to provide for the common defense and if they take away our individual abilities they defend ourselves they should be held accountable for not doing so.
And every other surviving child should get the same amount... say about 200 kids in the school...
$100 million x 200... plus $200 million x 26... that's about $25.2 billion total.
The Connecticut state budget for education is about $11 billion. So we need to shut down every school in the state for over 2 years because somehow the taxpayers must be punished for the acts of Adam Lanza.
Well Mr Pinsky please do tell us when and where the next “forseeable” tragic event will occur .
Wow. A normal sensitive human being would just be grateful that their child lives. Pathetic.
How unspeakably sad/shameful is that as commentary on what the Founders bequeathed us . . .
i used to know Irv. Compared to most attorneys, he’s a normal human being. I guess his client will get her day in court.
At some other Sitting Duck School?
This chap might be a stout Second Amendment advocate for all we know. Lawsuits like this almost never win ultimate awards nearly as big as they ask. Courts whittle them down to nubs.
Oops! It was the largest elementary school in the state. 600+ students. So make that total $65.2 billion in jury awards. Let’s shut down their schools for the entire state of 6 years then.
The kid must have heard cursing before in order to call it cursing.
The idea that there is a right to self defense is going to get a lot of anti 2nd amendment policies looked at with a jaundiced eye. This is a Good Thing.
Which means exactly what, Mr. or Ms. P?
Well, then I’m filing a claim too. I’ve heard non stop re-telling of all the gory details of this shooting, and it has totally spoiled my Christmas. Plus it has distracted our President and Legislators, and they hav enot solved the fiscal cliff problem, thus thrusting the country into financial chaos. I’ve suffered grievous harm as a result which should be worh a couple of Million, at least! sarc/off
“Even a blind pig gets an acorn sometimes”
Let those who actually who had the closest nexus to the harm caused by idiotic anti self defense policy, sue first. This is not a circus! It’s an attempt to shut down the Sitting Duck exhibit at the already existing circus.
2nd amendment proponents are getting this lawsuit served up before them on a silver platter, and they are scoffing like knee jerkers at it.
Well Mr Pinsky please do tell us when and where the next forseeable tragic event will occur .
That’s exactly what I would ask the Seer Mr. Pinsky and hold his motion in abeyance until the next “forseeable” tragic event occurred or if if did not occur, dismiss the suit.
“....heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom....”
G*& D&*^% F&*(&^% intercom companies!
(I thought for SURE this lawsuit was going to be against a firearm company.)
Hello, Second Amendment Sisters???
Why don’t they sue the Lanza family?
Yes, but them being liable translates to the state being liable (since they were acting on behalf of the state) and hence the taxpayers foot the bill while the party responsible for the decision walks away scott free. Given civil service protections, doubt they would even lose their job.
How does a lawsuit stop terrorist attacks?
And what’s going to prevent such claims in the future, not only in Connecticut, but everywhere else it happens from now on?
Not outlawing guns, I’ll tell you that. Nuts will always be able to get them. Only hiring security (as they do in Israel) and/or allowing [some] teachers to pack has a prayer of diminishing the number and severity of these outrages.
This is a public school.
We already know that many private schools routinely provide armed security guards for the protection of all their students.
Why? Because they acknowledge a potential threat to the students safety exists.
Are any of the public high schools and/or public middle schools in that area staffed with armed guards?
I have spent a good deal of time in Meriden, CT.
When Connecticut needs an enema, Meriden is where they stick the tube.
It is a cesspool overrun by illegal immigrants who have turned a once beautiful, functioning, hard working town into a shite hole.
With regard to this lawsuit...I smell fraud.
The thing is, that they will go after the firearms manufactures.
Even if Bushmaster, Glock et al are found only one percent responsible, if the suit is for 100 million dollars.....
Thinking like a leftist lawyer, I would go after the companies that made the weapons and the dealers that sold them, even if one out of a hundred lawsuits won, and even if only for a few percent liability, one could put a lot of people out of business.
And nothing that the hysterical money-grabbing screamers are suggesting can have a milimeter's worth of additional safety...
The courts, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly held that Law Enforcement is unable to prevent every murder or mass killing, nor do they have the obligation to do so!
But regardless that aspect, those 'parent$' reek of a callous selfishness that boggles this mind.
So this kid heard cursing, screaming and shooting over the intercom, how is that $100,000,000.00 worse than a violent movie or video game?
This wasn’t even a kid in the room where the killing took place, there it’s a kid from that room who it’s alive, I would say that that kid it’s far worse off by watching all of her friends die.
That may well be. And in the short term there will be negatives for the state. However, its time we force the issue of the risk to them of taking away our second amendment rights. I believe they are truly liable for the deaths of those children and adults. It the attitude had been different and there were teachers, administrators, or others in the school that were armed and the public was well aware of that we all know the outcome would have been different. Sure its our taxes but they already have that and if we take more of that away from them and continue to force the issue maybe we can get across to them that shall not be infringed was there for a reason. I would hope that the general public would begin to realize that the state/fed is irresponsible by not allowing defense.
who is the claim against pray tell?
Instead of being GRATEFUL their child survived, these greedy ghouls are trying to take advantage of a mass tragedy.
One more example of why SOME people really don’t serve to be free. If you want to be a professional victim you should be condemned to perpetual serfdom.
Freedom is a heady brew and despite those words in the Declaration, the Founding Fathers were never exposed to the kind of morally corrupt scum that populates sectors of modern America.
Nice try. However they are responsible when they take our rights away as per the 2nd amendment they have made us vulnerable. They also use the flawed reasoning that the police are there to protect and serve so we shouldnt need guns. Shout all you want but they have put themselves into just the position you claim they dont have.