What we had expected to happen has happened: The first legal action has been filed with the Connecticut Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. on behalf of a child survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Now that situation will be put under the legal microscope.
In REUTERS, Mary Ellen Godin reports that New Haven, CT lawyer Irv Pinsky has taken that first step in eventually filing a lawsuit against the state. The Commissioner's office must approve the complaint.
Essentially the contention is that the girl, whose identity is concealed, suffered emotional damage. The defendants are the CT Board of Education, Department of Education, and the Education Commissioner. They, the complaint alleges, did not take the appropriate steps to protect children from this harm.
The filing asks for $100 million. The upside of a lawsuit is that society learns a great deal about how a tragedy might have been prevented. The downside is that the integrity of the community can be tarnished if the legal moves are perceived as raw greed.