Americans can hardly forget the moment they heard that twenty children and six educators had been killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in western Connecticut. The rallying cry of Americans eager to support the families, the teachers, and the surviving children was fast and compassionate. But in the five years that have passed since that tragic day, many are unaware of the pending suits and settlements. And one particular case, a wrongful death suit against the town itself over insecure classrooms, is currently at issue in the courts.
Newtown and its Board of Education have now formally requested that a judge toss out the suit on the grounds of governmental immunity, arguing that there is no basis for arguing that school officials were negligent in securing students from danger. Students now attend classes at a highly secure facility that town officials argue would never have been warranted before the tragedy. Attorneys for the estate of two of the children contend that “adequate protocols” should always be in place, rather than being established after an incident.
If you are a parent, get to know the security measures of your child’s school. Some properties have an open layout, for example, with outside classroom doorways and accessible parking lots, which caters to a free, more liberating campus. Just make sure they have a procedure in place in the event of an emergency.
If someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death or a personal injury, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.