• Sun, Dec 30 2012

Lawyer Seeks $100 Million For Newtown Survivor In Questionable Pursuit To ‘Protect The Kids’

shutterstock_66618919Q: What’s the difference between a jellyfish and a lawyer?
A: One’s a spineless, poisonous blob. The other is a form of sea life.

I generally think lawyer jokes are a little harsh. In this case – not so much. New Haven attorney Irving Pinsky is asking to sue the state of Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a 6-year-old Newtown school shooting survivor. Yuck.

“It’s about living in a world that’s safe,” New Haven attorney Irving Pinsky told The Associated Press on Saturday. “The answer is about protecting the kids.” What exactly did the state of Connecticut do wrong on that horrible day, and how is suing the state for $100 million going to protect the kids?

The state police responded swiftly. The state has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. The teachers, also employees of the state, went above and beyond the call of duty to protect those children, in some cases sacrificing their own lives to do so. CBS News reports on Pinsky’s claims:

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.

It also said the parties failed to review and carefully scrutinize annual strategic school profile reports from the local school district and Sandy Hook Elementary as well as “other submissions with respect to student safety and emergency response planning and protocol.”

It says the parties also failed to require the school and local Board of Education to formulate and implement an effective student safety emergency response plan.

I would like to hear what his idea of an “effective student safety emergency response plan” would be when facing a maniac with semi-automatic rifles.

There is no doubt that the child survivors of this horrible tragedy are scarred and hurting. I just don’t understand how suing the state for $100 million is going to help that. In the case that he is able to file this suit and win, where does the money go? Wouldn’t it make more sense for the state to hold on to this money to effectively repair all the things he thinks need fixing?

I won’t even try to put myself in the place of these parents whose child lived through such a horrific ordeal. But this lawsuit just doesn’t feel right. The attorney said he hasn’t gotten a reply from the state yet. Maybe there will be more details unfolding that will support his claim, but right now Mr. Pinsky is coming off like a greedy opportunist.

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  • Stephen

    When I first heard I was disgusted. These parents have their child… Their child has his/her life and they think they are entitled to 100m? This is an insult to those poor broken hearted parents who mourned Christmas this year. Be thankful your child survived.

  • C.J.

    The only person responsible for this tragedy took his own life that day. I just don’t see how anyone could have stopped it. My heart goes out to all the victims.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carmen-Finnigan/841528248 Carmen Finnigan

    Everyone that could have potentially been responsible is dead. The school was not negligent, everyone did the best they could given the circumstances. Teacher even payed with their lives. This is just sad.