Proposed law would allow victims of school violence to sue for information

From The Denver Post:  In what would mark a stunning turnaround in Colorado law, a bill to be introduced Friday in the legislature would allow the victims of school violence to sue for damages to force districts to provide information about what led to the mayhem.

The bill was drafted with input from the parents of Claire Davis, a 17-year-old Arapahoe High School senior killed Dec. 13, 2013, by a fellow student who then killed himself.

Michael and Desiree Davis said they’ve never been told the full story about what the school district did or did not do about Karl Pierson, the student who came to the school armed with the intent of killing his debate coach and others he believed had harmed him.

The bill recognizes that schools have a responsibility for school safety and provides a narrow exemption to the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act. It caps damages at $350,000 for a single injury and $900,000 if more than one person is injured or killed. The bill would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013, meaning the Davises would be able to sue to try to get answers to their questions. “Our goal with this legislation is not to punish our public schools — it’s to get the information that all schools in Colorado need to help solve the problem of school violence,” Michael Davis said in a news release. “All we know today is that whatever the school did or didn’t do resulted in two kids dying.

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