Good news alert! The lawsuit filed on behalf of Jill Doe, an anonymous 6-year-old survivor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, has been dropped. The State of Connecticut will not be on the hook for the outrageous $100 million that New Haven, Connecticut-based attorney Irving Pinsky was threatening to extract. And here's hoping this sends a message to the world.
Tragedies are just that. They're tragic happenings. They're not money-making opportunities.
Look, I'm not doubting the child's story. Pinsky has told the media that having heard the screams and gunfire, the little girl "sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury."
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I have no doubt that this little girl suffered unspeakable trauma. She was in the building during one of the worst school shootings in our nation's history, and she is just a baby, a 6-year-old child whose biggest worries should be "what kind of bubble bath to use tonight" or "where is my favorite My Little Pony?"
When I read this morning that the Sandy Hook kids will be getting a look at their new school building this week, a part of me wanted to jump in my car and drive a few hours east to block the doors and scream, "No! Don't make them go in there! Don't make them leave their Mommies and Daddies!"
Her pain is surely immense, but this lawsuit still had to disappear -- whether it's because, as Pinsky said, he's got "new evidence," or because the family was shamed by the outcry over their greed. Either way, this child is not alone in all of this.
There were hundreds of kids inside Sandy Hook Elementary, and dozens of staffers. Every single one of them is suffering right now. So are their parents, their families. Even worse -- yes, worse -- is the pain of the families who lost their babies in that school building, the mothers and fathers who have to wake up each morning knowing they will never see their children again.
And yet, they're not asking for money, are they? They're coming together as a community, trying to figure out where to go next. They are showing that in the face of evil, there is still something good and pure in this country: community.
You can't put a price on community. You can't sue it into being. People simply have to come together, to put their hearts out, to decide on a common goal.
In this case, there are myriad goals: healing, closure, prevention. But the fact is, this community has come together. They are working toward their goals. They don't need greed to destroy it all.
Do you think these kids should be suing or will asking for money upset the apple cart?
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