A Connecticut lawyer gave up on his plans to sue the state for $100 million over the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre after a huge backlash including death threats, Reuters reported.Irving Pinsky on Monday withdrew his legal claim, which he filed on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor whom he said was traumatized because the school failed to adequately prepare for a shooter.
The claim – in which Pinsky had to ask for “permission” to sue the state because it’s usually immune from such litigation – prompted a huge backlash against the New Haven, Conn. lawyer.
On the Business Insider site alone, commenters called the legal claim “disgusting” and said Pinsky was just trying to make money off a tragedy.
While Pinsky ultimately withdrew the claim, he defended the claim on CNN, Reuters reported.
The goal of the action was to make schools safer, according to Pinsky, who said Sandy Hook should have had bulletproof glass so 20-year-old Adam Lanza couldn’t have shot his way in and killed 26 people on Dec. 14.
When asked on CNN why he didn’t just sue the NRA, Pinsky said, “When you say something about the NRA you get double bonus death threats.”
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