The Sandy Hook lawsuits begin

Twenty children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Now the parents of a 6-year-old survivor are suing the school for $100 million because their child heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom. “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.

Why should the school be held responsible? asks Jazz Shaw on Hot Air.

The lawsuit claims the children were not protected from “foreseeable harm” because officials had failed to provide a “safe school setting” or design “an effective student safety emergency response plan and protocol.”

Sandy Hook Elementary’s doors were locked, writes Doug Mataconis, a lawyer, on Outside the Beltway. Adam Lanza shot his way in.

. . . teachers and aides did everything they could to evacuate the building or get the children into areas where they’d be hidden and safe. One teacher lost her life protecting her children from Lanza’s murderous spree. What, exactly, is it that this family asserts the school could have reasonably done differently? Perhaps they need to count their blessings, be glad their child is safe, and stop looking for a pot of gold out of this horrible tragedy.

I agree. Sandy Hook had a reasonable level of security for an elementary school — everything but armed guards. We can’t foresee and prevent every possible horror.

Here are the names of Adam Lanza’s victims.

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  1. The child was supposedly traumatized because the intercom was on. I don’t know if it was intentional or not and the sounds would be emotionally challenging, but the intercom was also credited with saving lives.

    They are suing the state, not the school, but I think this could have the effect of splitting the community. It definitely looks like money grabbing to the rest of us.

    • I would be willing to bet that that child has heard similar sounds and conversations thousands of times parked in front of the boob tube.

      This is merely an instance of someone figuring that they have hit the lottery.

  2. I feel sorry for the people affected by the actions of that madman, especially the parents who lost a child. I can’t begin to imagine what a nightmare that must be.


    All the regulations in the world can’t guarantee safety, can’t guarantee a world free from sorrow and grief. It’s high time we stopped pretending that laws are going to prevent bad people from doing bad things. It’s high time people quit resorting to litigation every time life fails to meet their expectations..

  3. Deirdre Mundy says:

    Of course their child is traumatized! If he wasn’t, he would be abnormal. Sheesh…what about the kids who lost siblings?

    This looks like ambulance-chasing at its worst to me….

  4. lightly seasoned says:

    I wonder if schools in Finland have to keep attorneys on retainer for frivolous lawsuits as we do here. The parent MAY be suing to pay for psychological care that isn’t covered under health insurance.

  5. Connecticut has about 3.5M people.

    At $100M per traumatized child (and lets be generous and assume that it also is $100M for each dead child) this works out to about $30 per Connecticut resident per traumatized child. If we have 100 traumatized children, this is $3K in compensation per Connecticut resident. Or $12K for each family of four.


  6. Richard Aubrey says:

    If this goes to trial, the plaintiff’s attorney might point out that, since 9-11, even Social Security offices have armed guards. A volunteer with a state-certified firearms training course and a $600 piece of equipment was not provided? Whyever not?
    Jurors watching distraught family and thinking of the insurance company’s deep pockets….

  7. are you kidding me???!!! this is no time to be a selfish prick!

  8. I wonder how many Newtown parents are lawyers, and if the parents bringing the lawsuits are lawyers. Cynical, it may be, but I’ve lived in a DC suburb filled with lawyers and have seen lots of this kind of thing – although not in a tragedy of this magnitude.

    I do remember being at a kids’ soccer game when a parent was bitten (significantly) by a German Shepherd; he was instantly surrounded by lawyers giving him their cards and offering to represent him. Best of all, the bitten parent was a lawyer himself! (He did sue, after discovering that the school had had repeated problems with the dog owner, whose unfenced property backed up to the school. The lawsuit was not for money, but for removal of the dog from the area – which was accomplished)

    • According to a news report, the lawsuit was withdrawn, now lets see if the attorney who filed it gets flamed for stupidity 🙂

  9. “teachers and aides did everything they could to evacuate the building”

    Did they? Are there no first-floor windows in the building?

    • Roger Sweeny says:

      If the windows are like the windows in the elementary schools around here, children can’t fit through them. That’s so no one can fall out. Safety, you know.

      Oh, the irony.