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Colorado Bill Would Make Schools Liable for Campus Violence

April 14, 2015  | 

A novel approach to make public schools liable for campus violence under a measure is advancing in Colorado, even as lawmakers from both parties wonder whether liability will prevent the next mass shooting, reports the Associated Press.

The bill that won bipartisan approval 4-1 in the Senate Judiciary Committee waives the state’s governmental immunity and allows victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence “when the harm is reasonably foreseeable.”

The bill is a response to several fatal school shootings, most recently a 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colo. The parents of the victim, Claire Davis, have said the school ignored repeated warning signs from shooter Karl Pierson, who turned the gun on himself after shooting Claire.

The Davises said the liability measure would give schools more incentive to identify dangerous children and to share more information when violence occurs.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 4/20/2015 4:37 AM

What if the attacker has no connection to the school other than it being a target? How do they prevent that? If the legislature was liable for the money this law would never get out of committee.

Chuck W @ 4/22/2015 3:22 PM

Why don't we hold the politicians accountable as well, they make all these ignorant laws and mandates then tie our hands when it comes time to enforce them, make laws and mandates alleviating anyone of personal responsibility, then point fingers and make sure someone else is held accountable. Let's start at the top, hold them accountable, then work our way down.

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