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Prosecutors: University banned
Colorado theater shooting
suspect for threat

Associated Press, by P. Solomon Banda

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Posted By:Ribicon, 9/28/2012 2:43:04 PM

Denver — The suspect in Colorado's deadly movie theater attack was barred from university property for threatening a professor, prosecutors said in court documents released Friday, raising more questions about why campus police didn't report his actions to other authorities. The revelation conflicts with the university's statements that James Holmes was denied access to non-public parts of the campus because he had withdrawn from school. The name of the person Holmes allegedly threatened has been blacked out. In court testimony Aug. 30, University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, also a professor at the school, said she contacted campus police after meeting
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How many school officials "dropped the ball" on reporting this nut to the authorities? Seems to be a lot of obfuscation going on, particularly regarding the killer's therapist and the notebook he mailed to her, supposedly unseen until too late.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 9/28/2012 3:04:48 PM     (No. 8896541)

Jared Loughner again. Nothing was learned from that murderous rampage.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msjena, 9/28/2012 3:08:19 PM     (No. 8896553)

The guy is mentally ill. Does that excuse it? No. But it explains it. There is not a lot that can be done to stop something like this, though a prior threat should have been reported.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 9/28/2012 3:20:06 PM     (No. 8896587)

What #1 said.

When will we get to the level of consciousness where we realize that not everything is preventable, not every nutcase can be stopped before he does something like this.

What is happening how is the hindsight unraveling of this story. The track back. The laws of personal privacy - which we all applaud and want preserved - keep colleges and others from "doing anything" about these people, "reporting them" (to whom and to what end?).

Some things will just happen. It was ever so.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 9/28/2012 3:52:02 PM     (No. 8896670)

@#3: I agree. What can the `authorities` do with such a person if no crime has been committed? There is no law against bizarre behavior unless a person is openly acting in such a manner as law enforcement deems that person to be a threat to themselves or others in a public place. Even then, if taken into custody the authorities can only hold some for a short period of time.

Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of others.....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 9/28/2012 3:52:09 PM     (No. 8896671)

Same deal with Jared Loughner in AZ and the VT shooter... College 'authorities' knew of the threat they represented but did nothing. Shameful.

Reminds me of a place I used to work...

One day the door to the IT Dept was locked and remained that way for a week before I found out why. They had fired an employee that they knew was keeping a load AK-47 in his car and had 'issues'.

Keep in mind that they told no one and the rest of the building was unlocked and wide open.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lakerman1, 9/28/2012 3:59:34 PM     (No. 8896697)

The psychiatrist had the legal obligation to report a specific threat to the police.
The defense arguments against admission of the stuff from the mailroom are not valid, in my opinion. But I could see certain members of the U.S. supreme court ruling that the documents were protected by the patient-physician confidentiality rule...

Physicians have reporting obligations on child abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and clear and specific threats of violence.

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