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Newtown victims' families sue town, school board

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Families of two of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are suing the town of Newtown and its school board.

The suit served on the town on Friday alleges security measures at the school were not adequate.

The lawsuit says classroom doors could only be locked from the outside with keys, leaving teachers vulnerable to intruders. The suit also says the front of the school didn't have security glass to protect against gunshots.

The plaintiffs are the parents of slain children Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner.

Town Attorney David Grogins declined to comment on Monday.


The Hartford Courant reports the lawsuit alleges that substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau, who was also killed on 12-14, wasn't given a key to lock the door and wasn't told of the school's security protocols.  All but one girl in the classroom were killed.  The lawsuit erroneously names the school principal as Sandy Gombos. The text of the lawsuit also erroneously names the school superintendent.


Norwalk attorney Donald Papcsy, who is representing the families and is a Sandy Hook resident, released a statement Monday afternoon.  He said they "hope the town will work with these families, who have already suffered, and continue to suffer, unimaginable loss, to help resolve this matter in the most efficient and constructive way possible."

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