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Mother of teen murdered on prom day sues city of Milford, school, killer

MILFORD – The mother of teenager stabbed to death at her high school is suing the city of Milford, claiming her daughter warned school administrators that...

MILFORD - The mother of teenager stabbed to death at her high school is suing the city of Milford, claiming her daughter warned school administrators that her accused killer, Christopher Plaskon, was dangerous.

The lawsuit was filed in Milford Superior Court on Tuesday by Donna Cimarelli-Sanchez, mother of Maren Sanchez, against the city of Milford, the Board of Education, Plaskon and his parents.

The suit claims that the Jonathan Law High School student warned the high school guidance department that Plaskon was emotionally disturbed and was potentially a danger to himself or others before the  16-year-old was stabbed to death in a school stairwell in April 2014 with a steak knife because she refused his offer to go the prom.

“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," said David S. Golub of the Stamford law firm of Silver Golub & Teitell, representing Cimarelli-Sanchez, in a statement.

Mother of teen murdered on prom day sues city of Milford, school, killer

The lawsuit further alleges that Christopher Plaskon’s parents, David and Kathleen Plaskon, were aware that their son was engaging in self-destructive conduct with knives that was potentially dangerous to himself and others and failed to obtain proper medical treatment for him or to prevent him from having access to knives.

According to the lawsuit, Christopher Plaskon was absent from school for a week after Maren’s report about him to the school guidance counselor and then returned to school and continued to engage in self-destructive behavior, including cutting himself with a knife, and began bringing a knife to school with him.

On March 7, Plaskon, 18, pleaded no contest to the murder of Sanchez in a plea deal that could result in a 25-year prison sentence.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6. Golub said he does not expect the suit to move forward until late spring or early summer.

Anthony Bonadies, an attorney for Maren’s father, Jose Sanchez released a statement:

"We know that Maren Sanchez's estate carefully reviewed the circumstances leading up to her stabbing death at Jonathan Law High School in Milford. The lawsuit spells out the mistakes made by those who had the duty and power to prevent Maren's senseless death. Most notably, the count against the Milford Board of Education explains how the school disregarded its own policies and procedures that are intended to safeguard the student body and Maren specifically. As a result, Maren was robbed of her adolescence and her entire adult life. Her death is a profound loss to her family and to those who knew and loved her. Maren's father, Jose, fully supports this lawsuit, which will prevent any other student and family from ever having to live this nightmare."