Last Thursday, Irving Pinsky filed a complaint with the Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. requesting permission to sue the State of Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a six-year old girl who survived the Sandy Hook school shooting. The young girl heard screaming and gunfire. The claim states,
As a consequence, the claimant-minor child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined.
The State enjoys general immunity from actions without consent of the Commissioner.
Pinsky claims that Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner all failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the incident and protect the students from forseeable harm. They did not provide a safe school setting or have an effective emergency response plan in place which would have protected the students.
Pinsky has indicated he is interested in preventing future incidents through the lawsuit. He has previously acted in other high profile and social justice cases, including the Occupy movement and a suit against Mike Tyson for sexual harassment.