School violence liability bill moves forward in Colorado Senate

Photo: Columbine High School roses (AP Photo)
A boy looks through the fence at the Columbine High School tennis courts in Littleton, Colo., days after the April 20, 1999 shootings.

The state Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill making it easier to sue schools after incidents of violence.

Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said school districts need to be held accountable and not shielded by governmental immunity.

"That really goes back to the concept that the government is king and the citizens are serfs -- or something less than citizens at least," Lundberg said.

Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, questioned opening districts up to lawsuits over school violence.

"That’s a dangerous road to embark on," Newell said. "And if we’re going to do it here what is next? Does that mean we are out for the Department of Corrections next? What window are we opening here?"

The bill needs one more approval in the Senate to be sent to the House.