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First Legal Action Filed In Wake Of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Shooting [POLL]

Andrew Burton, Getty Imges

Today marked the first legal action taken in the midst of the tragedy that took the lives of 26 children and adults two weeks ago at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. You may however be surprised at who is being sued and the reason why may shock you as well.

Attorney Irv Pinsky announced today that he has been retained by a client known only as “Jill Doe” and has filed a $100 million lawsuit on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor. The claim is based on the fact that the entire school heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire.

How is this the school’s fault?  The lawsuit goes on to say…

As a consequence, the … child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined.

I have no doubt what-so-ever that this child and every other child and teacher at this school will never quite be the same. But to think that the school, the district or board should be held responsible, to me, is just out of line here. By all accounts, the school was doing more to keep these kids safe than a lot of others and we’re protecting those children above and beyond State and Federal standards. I’m not sure why, but I have a gut feeling this was done to profit…for all the wrong reasons.

I hope I am wrong.

The suit filed by Pinsky names the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner because…

…they had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from foreseeable harm. They had failed to provide a safe school setting or design an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol.

Don’t crucify me for sharing my opinion here but until I get more information on “Jill Doe” my jury is still out on this one.  Again, Sandy Hook School was doing all they could to protect those children and adults. What else could they have done?  What can any school do?  How do you sue someone for doing their job above normal standards?

Maybe I am just missing something but I think to profit off this in any way, shape or form is wrong. In my opinion, the only one you could sue is dead.

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