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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:29 PM

Appellate Court rejects Sandy Hook parents' lawsuit against Newtown; families plan appeal to Supreme

Appellate Court rejects Sandy Hook parentsí lawsuit against Newtown; families plan appeal to Supreme Court


The state Appellate Court Friday affirmed a lower courtís decision to throw out a lawsuit against the town of Newtown and its school district by the parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on the grounds of government immunity.

The lawsuit, brought by the parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner, claimed school officials didnít follow security procedures, including immediately ordering a school lockdown after Adam Lanza shot his way in. It also claimed school officials failed to adequately train staff for lockdowns, which it said may have saved lives.

The suit also alleged the schoolís classroom doors could only be locked from the outside in the hallway, making it impossible for teachers to safely lock them as Lanza approached their classrooms.

In 2018, Superior Court Judge Robin Wilson granted the townís request for summary judgement in the case, essentially throwing out the case. In the ruling, Wilson found the school officialsí actions are protected by government immunity in the same way police officers and other government employees are protected.

Read more: https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-appellate-court-sandy-hook-20190712-tosl7i2ktbaxtc24g4ypb5a5fi-story.html
(Hartford Courant)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 11:40 PM

1. Why in the world with classroom doors lock only from the outside?

Still, I donít think the parents are going to prevail in this case.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jul 14, 2019, 06:45 AM

2. My guess is that the safety procedures weren't in place during the Newtown Massacre

because before Newtown, such an incident was unfathomable. While the front door was steel and securely locked, it was presumed that would be a sufficient deterrent and that a shooter would not be able to enter the building.

After Newton, I'm certain that police, school administrations, and insurance carriers huddled to figure out how to improve school security. That's when you began to see lockdown drills, doors locking on the inside, etc.

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