Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Rocked by deadly school violence, Colorado lawmakers from both parties signed off Monday on a bill to make public school districts liable for shootings and violence.
The bill that won approval 4-1 in the Senate Judiciary Committee is a response to several fatal school shootings, most recently a 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School in Littleton. The parents of the victim, Claire Davis, fought tears and pleaded with lawmakers to waive governmental immunity from legal action in cases of school violence.
"Please don't make the next mother beg for answers as to why her child was killed in a public school in the state of Colorado," said Desiree Davis, whose daughter was shot and killed by a disturbed student who then turned the gun on himself.
The bill 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."