Settlement Offers Made Against Newtown for Sandy Hook’s “Non-Safety Glass”

The estates of two students killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting on December 14, 2012 are offering to settle their pending wrongful death lawsuit against the Town of Newtown and the Newtown Board of Education, which claims the school had insufficient security, including “non-safety glass.”

The estates of Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis, which represent two of the 26 individuals killed, have asked for $5.5 million from both the town and the board of education to drop their claims.

Court documents filed read, “They failed to provide a security guard or any other type of law enforcement personnel to assist in the implementation of the policies and procedures should an intruder enter the building, while leaving a large enough non-safety glass window directly to the right of the locked outer doors of the school, making access to the building relatively simple, and [making] successful lockdown of the building virtually impossible.”

The conventional, 12-square-foot glass allowed the shooter to enter the building forcibly and made the locking of those doors a useless measure, the lawsuits alleges. The shooter used his semiautomatic rifle to shoot through the glass panel and enter the building.

Several other cases of alleged negligence were listed in the 66-page report.

The lawsuit is pending and no agreements have been made to the settlement.

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