It’s Elementary

You didn’t have to be a legal expert to see this coming. The first of the Sandy Hook lawsuits drops.

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.

“…yet to be determined.” So we’ll just call it a $100 million to keep it nice and easy.

I’m not saying there isn’t liability and I know absolutely there is some trauma — probably exacerbated by the nonstop media coverage — but I would like to know these parents’ views on armed guards in school. What would they do to keep the school safe? Gun control? More bargaining between teachers and madmen? Thicker desks under which to cower? Perhaps Twitter alerts so parents can rush to the scene.

The easy thing about lawsuits of course is that no solutions have to be offered. Plaintiffs can win by showing the school was unprotected even if they (and we don’t know this) supported the very policies that made the school unsafe in the first place.  I doubt they’ll win the full amount, but if they can get it before a jury while emotions are still raw who knows? Maybe the State will decline permission to sue. Of a couple of things I’m pretty sure. The idea that will make schools safer will not emerge out of this litigation and the surviving students will heal — with time and counseling, not lotto tickets.

4 comments to It’s Elementary

  • Tracy,txmom2many

    I’ve heard over and over that the person who turned on the intercom let the other teachers know what was going on by doing it, and probably saved numerous lives. I think I’d rather my kid be traumatized by some cursing and shooting sounds than by seeing his classmates gunned down in front of him, or worse yet, have to bury him. And as much as I believe those surviving children will have issues to work through, 100 million dollars worth of issues is excessive, to say the least. There’s going to be very few therapists that will even charge to see a Sandy Hook student. Dear Lord I wish we lived in a world that did what was right and shamed this idiot into silence. Bad things happen. Deal with it.

  • Texacalirose

    The premise of this lawsuit is a direct insult to those whose children were slaughtered, slaughtered dead. Low.lifes.

    I pray that the school district and the city and any other respondent fights this to the end. A settlement would be a kick in the ribs to the the survivors, all of us, and take money from where it should be otherwise spent. No bloody money, please, for the hyenas and jackals.

  • Children are very resilient. The children in Britain spent nights huddled together in shelters listening to explosions and anti-aircraft guns. Then they were evacuated – shipped out to strangers. Children in every country in the world have survived war with their mental health intact. I’m sure these kids will be fine, most of them, at that age don’t even understand that death is final.

    Let’s make sure money is spent where it aught to be spent – on our military. Those who come back after their long service. Constantly risking their lives, watching their friends die, being wounded both physically and psychologically, they deserve all the help we can give them. They don’t have lawyers.

  • Texacalirose

    Well, Tracy and INFJ, we have exclusive girl power goin’ on here. Maybe Miss Berrie will show up and scold us for repugnant repugnantcy comments.

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