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Court rejects appeal over dismissal of Sandy Hook lawsuit

SANDY HOOK, CT - MARCH 14: A sign stands near the site of the December 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting on the day of the National School Walkout on March 14, 2018 in Sandy Hook Connecticut. Several hundred students at the school, near the site of the Sandy Hook school massacre of December 14, 2012, staged a protest one month after 17 people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Media and visitors were not allowed on the Newtown High campus for the event. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the parents of two Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims against Newtown and its school district.

Justices did not give a reason in an order released Thursday.

The wrongful death lawsuit was brought by the parents of Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner, two of the 20 children killed in the 2012 shooting. Six educators also died.

The lawsuit alleged school officials failed to follow a mandated security protocol and order a lockdown that may have saved lives.

A lower appeals court ruled in July that the town is protected by government immunity.

The parents’ lawyer, Donald Papcsy (PAP’-see), says the latest ruling shows new laws are needed to hold schools accountable for student and staff safety.