Psychiatrist Had Told Campus Threat-Assessment Team About Theater Shooter


The University of Colorado psychiatrist seeing accused theater murderer James Eagan Holmes was so alarmed by his behavior that she notified the campus-wide threat-assessment team that she helped create years before, the Denver Post reports. Dr. Lynne Fenton took her concerns in June to members of the campus’ Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team, but no further action was taken. University officials would not confirm or deny the report, citing the federal health privacy law and a judge’s gag order in the case against Holmes.

He has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. Fenton, director of student mental health services on the Anschutz Medical Campus where Holmes was a student, in 2010 was involved in the creation of the campus BETA team. The team is an ad hoc group of high-level CU academic employees skilled at assessing potential threats on campus. University Chancellor Don Elliman said, “I believe, until it’s been demonstrated otherwise, that our people did what they should have done.”

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