In a move that has raised many questions, lawyers for the gun company Remington Arms have subpoenaed the school records of five of the children killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT.
Remington is the now-bankrupt gun manufacturer that is being sued by nine families of victims in the mass shooting in which 26 people — 20 children and six adults — at the school were gunned down by Adam Lanza. Lanza used the Bushmaster assault-style AR-15 rifle made by Remington in the shooting, one of the worst mass tragedies in American history.
The families' lead attorney, Joshua Koskoff, said Remington's subpoenas covered the kindergarten and first-grade records for the five student victims whose families are suing — Jesse Lewis, Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, Benjamin Wheeler and Noah Pozner, the Courant reports.
Koskoff said there was "no explanation" for the decision by Remington to seek the records. "The records cannot possibly excuse Remington's egregious marketing conduct, or be of any assistance in estimating the catastrophic damages in this case," he said, according to the Post. "The only relevant part of their attendance records is that they were at their desks on December 14, 2012."
Remington also requested employment files for the educators whose families are involved in the lawsuit.
In response to the subpoena of the school records, attorneys for the families of the five students and four educators reportedly asked the judge in the case to seal their confidential records, and Remington’s subpoenas an irrelevant invasion of privacy.
Clearly Remington’s lawyers are trying to get the families to settle by threatening them with using this information to further engage and empower the conspiracy theorists who’ve made the Sandy Hook School families’ lives a living hell for almost a decade. https://t.co/YrjWffISHL— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 2, 2021
The families are suing Remington for wrongful death. They accuse the company of having recklessly marketed the military-grade Bushmaster to civilians. Remington has argued that the Bushmaster is a legal firearm and that the sale of the one used in the school shooting, which Lanza’s mother purchased, was legal.
In July, Remington offered a $33 million settlement to the families. The plaintiffs have not responded to the offer.