Newtown update

The parents of two first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the town and the Board of Education, alleging security measures were inadequate, specifically alleging that:

  • The school’s lockdown and evacuation plan was practiced, but never implemented on the day of the shooting;
  • The school failed to train a substitute teacher about the lockdown procedure and didn’t give her a key that would have allowed her to lock the classroom once she heard gunshots being fired;
  • The killer was able to get into the locked building because he was able to shoot his way through a large plate-glass window next to the locked front doors, making the locked front doors irrelevant, and;
  • The classroom doors could only be locked from the outside with keys, leaving teachers vulnerable to the intruder.

The lawsuit seeks more than $15,000 in damages. The lawyers will cost more than that.

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