A controversial Newtown shooting claim, a precursor to a proposed lawsuit, has been withdrawn amid widespread criticism.
Last week, Connecticut lawyer Irving Pinsky requested permission to sue the state for $100 million. Pinsky represented a 6-year-old survivor of the shootings who allegedly suffered a variety of injuries, mostly psychological, after hearing the shootings over the school's intercom system.
While Pinsky said the lawsuit was more about increasing school safety than collecting monetary damages, he got plenty of criticism, reports CNN.
The lawyer said he was getting hundreds of Facebook comments blasting his potential Sandy Hook school shooting lawsuit. One commenter wanted to see a detailed plan for how Pinsky planned to use the money to improve school safety should he win, writes CNN.
So Pinsky decided to take the lawsuit off the table, at least for now. But just because the lawyer is withdrawing his claim does not mean it may not crop up again. So long as the lawyer and his client file the claim within the appropriate statute of limitations, he could always change his mind and attempt to sue the state again.
In fact, Pinsky may simply be waiting for time to pass. The shootings occurred less than a month ago, and still evokes raw emotions for many in Connecticut and the rest of the country.
For his part, Pinsky indicated that while the flurry of public comments played a role in his decision to put off his proposed lawsuit, he also indicated that "nervousness" among Newtown residents was a motivator as well.
In the original Newtown shooting claim, Pinsky had asserted that the school failed to take steps to prevent "foreseeable harm" to students like his client. Pinsky had filed his claim with Connecticut's claims commissioner, who decides if claims against the state can move forward.
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