The school of the future
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Colorado law makers are working to make it legally possible to blame schools for events they have no control over.

The approval of the Republican-controlled Colorado Senate came after an emotional debate about whether the measure would reduce shooting attacks or just invite lawsuits.

If the bill becomes law, Colorado would be among the only states to give express permission for victims to sue schools for negligence.

If some idiot decides to shoot up a school, any victims or their families will be able to sue the school. The question is: What’s the school supposed to do to stop it?

Most likely, schools will become even more like prisons than they already are. At some schools, the only thing missing is twelve foot walls lined with barbed wire.

If schools do nothing and a shooting happens, the school district and (by extension, taxpayers) will be on the hook for millions of dollars in liability payments. This is probably what will happen. The slippery slope is that politicians, mostly Democrats, will then use the threat of those huge payments to further expand their gun grabbing laws.

The most egregious part of this legislation is that people want to hold schools responsible for events that they had no part in committing. It makes no sense. It’s like blaming a golf course because a plane crashed there.

It’s likely that this bill will become law and the only ones who will truly benefit from it will be the lawyers.