A New Haven attorney is asking permission to sue the state for $100 million on behalf of a student who survived the mass shooting at a Newtown school.
The Hartford Courant reports that attorney Irving Pinsky filed notice Thursday with Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. The state has immunity against most lawsuits unless permission to sue is granted.
Pinsky said the 6-year-old student, identified as "Jill Doe," was in her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 when "the horrific confrontation" with Adam Lanza came over the loudspeaker.
Pinsky said the student has been traumatized by the killings, and accused the state of failing to protect students from "foreseeable harm."
The actual foreseeability of a student's being attacked in a mass school shooting is considerably less than the foreseeability of being struck by lightning on the playground. Maybe Mr. Pinsky should sue thunderstorms, too.
[Editor's update note -- see follow up post.]