Parents Of A Child Who Survived Newtown Shooting Attempt To Sue State For $100 Million–And Receive Public Backlash

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January 2, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

 

Children being led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Children being led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

A 6-year-old girl who was at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, the day of the fatal shooting that killed 20 children, says she heard the gunshots over the intercom at the school, as well as the screams that day, and feared for her life. And while she was able to escape the shooting unharmed, her family was upset with not only the school, but the Connecticut Department of Education and more. They were hoping to sue everyone from the State Board of Education to the Connecticut Department of Education, and the State Commissioner of Education for not providing their daughter with a safe place to learn, failing to determine whether the local Newtown Board of Education provided a safe setting, and allegedly not pushing the school to create an emergency response plan. As the claim says, the young girl “has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined.” According to CNN, the family, with their attorney, Irving Pinsky, was hoping to receive permission from the state claims commissioner to proceed with their lawsuit, but decided to withdraw their request for the moment after a flood of criticism was placed upon Pinsky and the family through his social media page.

And when I say criticism, I’m talking biting criticism of the highest form. From people calling him a scum bag that should go to hell and die, to giving out Pinsky’s personal information, and saying that he represents money w***es, it was enough to make anyone uncomfortable. Feeling the heat from the public, and after checking out new evidence and also claiming that “nervousness” among Newton residents also played a factor (He could be talking about the alleged nervousness of the people he’s representing, but according to CNN, he didn’t elaborate.), Pinsky and the family decided to withdraw their hopes for a lawsuit for now.

According to NBC News, State Attorney General George Jepsen caught wind of the claim and was appalled by it. And while he wants to have a conversation about what can be done to prevent future shootings like this and why this particular one happened, Jepsen doesn’t see the lawsuit as necessary, seeing as how he doesn’t think the state should receive blame for it. “Although the investigation is still under way, we are aware of no facts or legal theory under which the state of Connecticut should be liable for causing the harms inflicted at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

So as for right now, the lawsuit has been withdrawn, but Pinksy says that he and the family he represents have every right after what this child has been through to submit the claim to file suit again in the future.

I think that you can’t really be surprised at attorneys like Irving Pinsky, because this is what they do. They keep an ear out and arms open to take in any person who thinks they have a case or reason to sue someone for something. And I think we all know that nowadays, lawsuits are becoming the norm for everyone to file. But I think it’s kind of sad that while the child was blessed to have survived such a horror, so soon after, her parents are already looking for someone to sue. Since they still have their daughter with them and she was able to escape the attacks unharmed physically, you would think they would be grateful for that and just try their best to move forward. Guess not. But do you think the family was wrong for suing?

 

 

 

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  • kierah

    The scariest part of these school shootings is that deep down we know there is very little that can be done to prevent this. Short of having armed guards at every entrance (which I’m NOT advocating), there is a sense of frustration.

    How can you blame the school system or the state for the actions of a madman?
    If I were to sue anyone, I would sue the estate of Nancy Lanza, the shooter’s mom. She knew her son was profoundly disturbed yet she kept guns in the home and made sure he knew how to use them. Of course, you won’t get $100M suing her personal estate.

    • SMHgurl24

      Its all about money. Why sue someone who has nothing when there are other wealthier prospects who you can twist around to be crimminals. This society is filled with greedy people who will do anything to get a check and its sickening to know that instead of comming together as a society, we go straight to the courts with a lawsuit.

  • get real

    When Spike Lee retweeted ole Zimmerman’s address they slick made a fuss about it. But its ok to give out this womans pesonal information. Boy it has got to feel good being white.

  • Kenedy

    I can see why there’s criticism & back lash…im not blaming the critics

  • ijs

    Really?! Your child is ALIVE,stop acting like a but! Its not like they welcomed him In woth open arms, this nut job brole In the school AND the staff who had enough sense to turn on the Intercom probably saved hundreds of lives because the screams and gunshots that were heatd alerted teachers and other staff of the danger! Yes this child will need MUCH prayer and therapy But sit your greedy behinds down AND thank God you can still hold your child!

  • Trisha_B

    I believe this little girl is the only survivor of the class that were all killed. When he started shooting, she played dead then ran out the classroom later. (if it’s the right little girl i’m thinking of) So of course she’ll have emotional damage & will need years of therapy b/c just imagine being surrounded by all your friends dead bodies smh. But the money they are asking for is ridiculous. 20 parents lost their kids, they still have theirs. Plus asking for the money so soon, is just greedy

  • Tudbee

    I’m sorry but i’m disgusted. Those parents should be on their knees thanking God everyday that their child got out alive and well instead of trying to milk the whole country ( who’s left to be sued?). I’m sure the parents of the dead kids (or any parent at that) would give everything to have their kids ”hear the gunshots over the intercom at the school, as well as the screams that day” rather than dead. At least they get to see their child everyday when those grieving families cant. Its a shame they’d even consider a law suit…..have we become that money hungry and insensitive people? They barely even waited for the new year. Wow… just wow!

    If the bereaved families filed law suits or received some sort of settlement, sure people wont bat an eyelid. As for that lawyer talking about death threats, he asked for it. Greedy ambulance-chaser got what he deserves.

    • Kaori

      Should they be thanking ‘God’ really when It allowed 20 children and 7 women to be shot multiple times to death?

      • L-Boogie

        I understand your qualm. However, it was not God who killed those people. It was a very sick man.

      • L-Boogie

        I understand your qualm. However, it was not God who killed those people. It was a very sick man.

        • Kaori

          But ‘God’ allowed it to happen.

      • L-Boogie

        I understand your qualm. However, it was not God who killed those people. It was a very sick man.

      • L-Boogie

        I understand your qualm. However, it was not God who killed those people. It was a very sick man.

      • L-Boogie

        I understand your qualm. However, it was not God who killed those people. It was a very sick man.

    • get real

      That’s right getting on your knees and praying to the invisible make believe manspirit will solve your problems.

      • SMHgurl24

        Praying for this so called invisible man has done millions of people good. Don’t blame God for the evils of others..

  • Sagittarius81

    Sounds like they want money from this tragedy, they should be lucky that their child survived the shooting.

  • Kaori

    This lawsuit has no merit.

  • Kaybee

    I can’t say a lawsuit is wrong..esp being a VA Tech alum..If anything the lawsuit is just too soon & also sounds like too much money. Ppl are still grieving the kids they lost..the whole country is..have some consideration for those ppl & be grateful your child was spared. Geez.

  • Charla

    I think a lawsuit is inevitable. People are just outraged that A. The amount was so high (especially if every survivor were to receive 100 million) and B. The families of the people who were murdered haven’t even filed a lawsuit yet. The parents should be thankful their child survived and not have money on their mind just a few weeks after an event like that.

    • Amija James

      I don’t think it’s on the parents of a child who survived to sue.

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