University Psychiatrist Thought Aurora Massacre Suspect Was Threat to Others
The "Dark Knight Rises" shooting suspect, James Holmes, had been seen by a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Denver who had been so "alarmed" by the grad student's behavior she "notified the campus-wide threat-assessment team that she helped create years before," according to the Denver Post. That team, the Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment, or BETA, is comprised of "key" CU staffers "who have specific expertise in dealing with assessing potential threats on campus," notes The Denver Channel. Dr. Lynne Fenton's concerns arose in early June; Fenton felt the 24-year-old Holmes "could potentially be a danger to others," sources told The Denver Channel.
But, as the headline on KFI suggests, the "University Ignored Psychiatrist's Warning About Holmes," and no action was taken.
Why was no action taken? It seems to have been a matter of timing. Shortly after Fenton made the notification regarding Holmes, he began the process of withdrawing from the school. Holmes, a San Diego native and UC Riverside graduate, withdrew on June 10, and by June 12 had no access to secure areas of the campus. At that point BETA had "no control" over the former student.
University officials say they would neither confirm or deny the information, citing the federal health privacy law and a judge's gag order in the case against Holmes.
Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder for the July 20 shooting spree inside a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado.