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Conn Attorney General George Jepson Says State Isn’t Liable For Harm Caused By Newtown Shooting

Students Evacuate Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012 (Photo by Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee)

Students Evacuate Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012 (Photo by Shannon Hicks/Newtown Bee)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson says he sympathizes with families affected by the Newtown school shootings, but the state isn’t liable for the harm inflicted.

Jepson responded Monday to a New Haven attorney’s request last week to the state Claims Commissioner to sue Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor.

Jepson said families and children affected “deserve a thoughtful and deliberate examination” of the tragedy and appropriate public policy responses. But he said the Claims Commissioner’s office isn’t the appropriate venue.

Attorney Irving Pinksy says his request is about school safety. He said his client sustained “emotional and psychological trauma and injury” on Dec. 14 after gunman Adam Lanza forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza killed 20 children and six adults, then killed himself. He also killed his mother at home.

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