6-Year-Old Newtown Survivor Seeks $100M
First legal action comes on behalf of girl who was in school at the time
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by Ghille
Posted Dec 29, 2012 9:29 AM CST
A school bus rolls towards a memorial for victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – The family of a 6-year-old girl who survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary aims to sue the state for $100 million, reports the Hartford Courant. The girl, identified only as Jill Doe, has been traumatized, says her lawyer. "She was in her classroom, and over the loudspeaker came the horrific confrontation between the fellow who shot everybody and other people," says attorney Irving Pinsky. "Her friends were killed. That's pretty traumatic."

It is the first legal action to stem from the shooting, notes Reuters. Because the state has "sovereign immunity" from most lawsuits, Pinsky must get permission to sue from the state claims commissioner, and he filed the papers on Thursday. The state's education department failed to protect kids from "foreseeable harm," according to the claim. "Usually a fellow like Adam Lanza would have been known as a potential problem to the police," says Pinsky.

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Dec 31, 2012 6:30 AM CST
The six year old is filing the suit?? Yeah right. It would be understandable if the lawsuit was filed on behalf of all the surviving children AND the murdered ones but to say its because one 6 year old is traumatized smacks of a greedy, grasping, blood-sucking lawyer.
Dec 30, 2012 2:38 PM CST
Just think what could be accomplished if that kind of money was spent on mental health and security, rather than going to the pockets of just one plaintiff and one lawyer. Are they trying to get in quick before the city goes bankrupt from lawsuits?
Dec 30, 2012 12:58 PM CST
Unfortunately, this is just the first of many, many lawsuits that will probably come out the woodwork initiated by the greedy individuals and unethical lawyers. Mitt Romney was certainly not right about 47 percent of Americans being lazy and not want to work for a living, but still a good percentage of people see themselves as victims and a tragic incident like what happened in Newtown gives them a reason to show their true colors.