A lawsuit is being filed against the state of Connecticut, on behalf of a child survivor, because the state Board of Education, Department of Education and state education commissioner failed to protect the child "from foreseeable harm," including by failing to provide a safe school setting, the filing said. (Via ABC News)
Pinksy's client, whom he calls "Jill Doe" in the claim, sustained "emotional and psychological trauma and injury" on Dec. 14 after gunman Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 children and six adults inside in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
In comment sections across the blogosphere, there are a number of people criticizing the lawyer and the family for initiating this lawsuit, but perhaps it is the right time to highlight the insufficient security measures that "gun free" zones offer to the nation's children.
Two things stood between the survivors of the horrendous attack and sure death.
A locked door, which the killer managed to get through rather easily and the teachers, unarmed teachers, that put their bodies in the line of fire to protect the children.
Every family, whether they lost a beloved member of their family or not, should be joining in on this lawsuit.
Politicians, teachers, school personnel and citizens from almost a dozen different states, so far, are taking active measures to offer more than a "locked door" as protection for their children, while federal politicians posture and exploit the tragedy for nothing more than their political ideology.
Protecting children across the country is a discussion that needs to be had, and if it takes a lawsuit to bring the matter to the front and center and to highlight just how open and exposed children are while in school if they are not protected, as well as spotlight the automatic target put on the backs of those children every time a zone is classified publicly as "gun free," then let the lawsuits begin.
Here is the kicker.... Newtown police are guarding the school now from gawkers, thieves and vandals:
Newtown police are guarding Sandy Hook to prevent thieves or anyone else from getting inside, Kehoe said. Police are "very concerned" about the possibility that curious people may also try to sneak inside for a look, Kehoe said.Wow... novel idea, perhaps the state of Connecticut should have thought that way before the massacre.
"That would be devastating to the families," Kehoe said, referring to relatives of the victims of the mass shooting there. "Our aim is to protect the school as best as possible."