Colorado Proposes Bill That Would Make Schools Liable for School Shootings
Colorado schools could be sued for shootings under legislation introduced by state lawmakers who say they are sending a directive to education officials to do more to keep students safe.
The bill allows shooting victims or their relatives to collect up to $350,000 for violence “when the harm is reasonably foreseeable.”
Another bill would create a legislative study committee to examine student violence. Such committees usually recommend legislation to be introduced.
The proposals are a response to the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis, an Arapahoe High School student. But Colorado has been the site of other notorious school shootings, including the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
The measure allowing lawsuits would waive the state’s governmental immunity so schools could be sued for shootings. If passed, the law would apply retroactively to 2013, to allow Davis’ parents to sue, but not victims of prior school shootings.