At least two families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have filed a lawsuit against the town of Newtown and the school, alleging lax security contributed to the deaths of the 20 students and 6 staff members that were killed in the massacre.
The 66-page lawsuit, which is seeking more that $15,000 in damages, was delivered to a state marshal on December 14, the last day under state statues that legal action could be taken against the community.
International Business Times reported,
An attorney representing the families said in a statement Monday that their sole motivation was to improve school security for current and future students in the Newtown school district.
“We are hopeful that the Town of Newtown’s elected and hired representatives will work with these families, who have already suffered, and continue to suffer, unimaginable loss, to help resolve this matter in the most efficient and constructive way possible,” Donald Papcsy, the attorney representing the estates of slain students Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis, said. “As residents of the town, we all either have, or are going to have, students in our Sandy Hook schools, and we promote the idea of learning from the past and protecting our children in the future.”
The lawsuit describes what the plaintiffs perceive as security lapses and specifically alleges that a substitute teacher had no knowledge of the safety procedures and security protocols rehearsed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in case an intruder or other dangerous individual gained access to the school. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza entered the school through doors near the school’s main offices and, after killing the principal and school psychologist, entered two classrooms full of students, one of which the substitute teacher was unable to lock because she didn’t have a key.
The lawsuit also cites that the town was negligent due to an absence of bulletproof glass on the school’s front windows, doors that cannot be locked from the inside and a lack of parking lot security, as Lanza was able to park his car less than 100 feet from the school’s front entrance.
Read the full lawsuit at courant.com