MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH/AP) — The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death by a classmate inside her Connecticut high school after rejecting his prom invitation has filed a lawsuit alleging the school didn’t adequately respond to signs the boy was capable of violence.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the mother of the victim, 16-year-old Maren Sanchez, who was killed at Jonathan Law High School in Milford in April 2014.
“If they knew that something was going on they maybe could have talked to him and just kind of been on watch a little bit,” said Amanda Parisi of Milford.
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The lawsuit alleges that Maren had told the guidance department that the assailant, Christopher Plaskon, was emotionally disturbed back in November 2013. Lawyers representing the estate of Maren Sanchez also claim Plaskon, “began bringing a knife to school with him.”
Plaskon, now 18, pleaded no contest to murder earlier this month. In court documents it says Sanchez’s family is seeking $15,000 in damages from Plaskon’s parents.
Plaskon, his relatives, the city of Milford and its board of education are defendants in the suit.
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Dr. Elizabeth E. Feser, Superintendent of Milford Public Schools, issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon.
The Milford Public Schools has been made aware of civil litigation filed on behalf of Maren Sanchez. Maren was an intelligent, vibrant, warm, caring and talented young woman whose life was tragically taken. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out for her, her family and all those still healing. With respect to the legal process, we will refrain on commenting on this case and allow the judicial system to determine the outcome.
Maren Sanchez’s mother, Donna Cimarelli-Sanchez, also released a statement through her attorneys. It reads;
“We feel there was an opportunity here for the school system and Plaskon’s parents to intervene to prevent Maren’s death from happening. We’re bringing this lawsuit to make sure that reports like the one Maren made are properly handled and that parents and school personnel will respond to protect minor children from terrible injury and death.”