Annie Le's Family Sues Yale
Lawsuit: University should have done more to protect murder victim
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 11:59 AM CDT
Vivian Van Le, mother of Annie Le, bows her head as her attorney speaks to the media outside Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., Friday, June 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Yale University could have, and should have, done more to protect Annie Le and other women on campus, Le’s family claims in a lawsuit filed yesterday. The family is suing for wrongful death over the murder of Le, who was killed by a co-worker at a campus lab in 2009. Yale has “long taken inadequate steps to ensure the safety and security of women on its campus,” the family’s attorneys said in a statement, according to the Hartford Courant. The lawsuit claims that sexual attacks and harassment are “well-documented and long-standing” problems at Yale.

Specifically, the suit accuses Yale of a slow response, noting that the university should have been aware that Le did not exit the building during a fire alarm on Sept. 8 along with other students. Yale also knew Le did not go home that night, but “did not investigate her absence in earnest until the following morning,” the lawsuit claims. It also notes that the university should have known Raymond Clark III, who was sentenced to 44 years in prison for Le’s murder, was a threat since he had shown “aggressive behavior and a violent propensity towards women.” In a statement, Yale says “there is no basis” for the suit.

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Riffran
Sep 8, 2011 3:27 AM CDT
Yale should sue the parents for not teaching her good enough self defense , and allowing this to happen. If you're going to be ABSURD might as well go all the way. Sorry for your loss. But the murdering piece of shit that did it is the one at fault not the ivy league "daddy deepockets"
WordsInRows
Sep 7, 2011 10:00 PM CDT
The murder of Annie Le was a tragic event and should have never happened, but the blame rests solely with the MURDERER and not the institution. I cannot claim to understand the psyche of anyone that would kill an innocent person, but I doubt that campus regulations affected his decision. If Le's family does happen to win, Yale will not be the loser; future Yale students will be. Yale will just increase tuition by another couple of percentage points and pass the loss along.
edtastic
Sep 7, 2011 3:19 PM CDT
By these standards if a guy ask a girl out more than once he should be kicked out of school and labeled a threat to women not to mention potential murderer. This is all about exploiting the fear of men promoted by feminist. Men need to stand up to this sexist crap. One murderer does not make every other man culpable.