Attorney Seeks to Sue State Over Newtown Shooting

12:50 PM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Douglas Healey/Getty Images)
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP, USA Today) - A New Haven attorney is asking permission to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of a student who survived the mass shooting at a Newtown school.

The Hartford Courant reports that attorney Irving Pinsky filed notice Thursday with Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. The state has immunity against most lawsuits unless permission to sue is granted.

Pinsky says the potential claim is about improving school security, not money. He adds the claim is "about living in a world that's safe."

Pinsky said the 6-year-old student, identified as "Jill Doe," was in her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 when "the horrific confrontation" with Adam Lanza came over the loudspeaker.

On December 14, Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary and gunned down 20 children and six adults, then killed himself; among the victims were 20 first grade students and six adult staffers.

Pinsky says his client suffered "emotional and psychological trauma and injury" and he asked for permission this week to sue the state. The claims commissioner couldn't be reached for comment.

Pinsky says state officials failed to prevent his client from foreseeable harm by not providing a safe setting.



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