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Littleton, Colorado, / School Shooting / Parental Responsibility #387519

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 02, 1999
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(Studio: Anthony Mason) The issue of laws for parental responsibility examined; details given of the refusal of the parents of Littleton, Colorado, school shooter Eric Harris to talk to police unless they are granted immunity from prosecution. [Last week, Colorado Governor Bill OWENS - talks about what is "reasonable" for parents.] Several legal cases detailed as examples of parental liability laws. [Attorney Charlie STONE - comments on the parental responsibility law in a Naperville, Illinois, bank robbery case.] [Attorney John PAONE - indicates the buck stops with the parents.] The jailing of a Scranton, Pennsylvania, parent because her daughter was a chronic truant cited. [In jail, mother Helen NEWTON - comments on being jailed.] The concern that these tougher liability laws may hurt actually parents and their relations with their children noted. [University of Chicago law school Emily BUSS - says these laws could drive a wedge between parents and children.]

Mason, Anthony

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