Governor signs Claire Davis Safety Act into law, will hold state schools liable for violence

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Claire Davis, 17, died of injuries suffered in the shooting. (Credit: Davis family)

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Wednesday the Claire Davis Safety Act. It's named for the girl killed in the Arapahoe High School shooting in December 2013.

The Claire Davis Safety Act is designed to make public schools in Colorado legally liable for student safety. The gunman entered the school  and shot Claire dead, then killed himself.

The student had made prior threats to teachers and the school. But school districts have always been listed as government entities that can't be sued for negligence.

That is not the case in most states, and the new law will change that in Colorado. It will give victims of school incidents the right to sue for negligence with a limit of up to $900,000.

Claire's parents recently settled with Littleton Public Schools and have agreed not to sue the district if it makes public everything it knows about their daughter's death.

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