Remington Firearms, the manufacturer of the Bushmaster XM15-E2S assault rifle (pictured above) used in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, has subpoenaed the educational and employment records of several of the victims of the massacre that left twenty students and six staff members dead, according to court filings obtained by Vice News on Thursday.
Specifically, Remington sought access to “report cards, attendance records, and disciplinary records of five kindergarten and first-grade students” who were slaughtered in the attack.
Remington has been tied up in civil litigation with the families of the slain since 2014.
“In mid-July, the defense served a subpoena on the Newton Public School District seeking: ‘Any and all educational records in your possession including but not limited to, application and admission paperwork, attendance records, transcripts, report cards, disciplinary records, correspondence and any and all other educational information and records pertaining to each of the five first-graders whose Estates are plaintiffs in this case,” the documents state. “There is no conceivable way that these [records] will assist Remington in its defense, and the plaintiffs do not understand why Remington would invade the families’ privacy with such a request. Nonetheless, this personal and private information has been produced to Remington.”
Why Remington is pursuing this sort of irrelevant background information is unknown.
“We have no explanation for why Remington subpoenaed the Newtown Public School District to obtain the kindergarten and first grade academic, attendance, and disciplinary records of these five schoolchildren,” Josh Koskoff, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Motherboard. “The records cannot possibly excuse Remington’s egregious marketing conduct, or be of any assistance in estimating the catastrophic damages in this case. The only relevant part of their attendance records is that they were at their desks on December 14, 2012.”
But the company’s unusual demands did not stop there, Vice reported.
“In addition, Remington subpoenaed employment records of four teachers who were killed in the shooting,” the motion revealed.
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