There is surely going to be even more legal action as a result of a recent revelation by the psychologist who worked with Colorado killer, James Holmes. Dr. Lynne Fenton says that she warned The University of Colorado about Holmes before the killings took place. All of this was revealed in a report released this week.
Dr. Fenton is a psychiatrist responsible for treating Holmes and informed the university’s “threat assessment committee” that Holmes was a danger to those around him. The committee, however, never took action or met to talk about Holmes because he had already dropped out of the program.
Don Elliman, the university’s chancellor, simply said “we did everything we think we could have done.”
Members of the committee are saying that they didn’t believe that they had the power to intervene in the situation. But this is going to do little to console the families of lost loved ones who might insist that the university should have at least alerted the police to the situation.
Holmes dropped out of his program on June and then began to buy materials on the Internet that allowed him to murder 12 people and injure 58 others in a mass shooting on the night of the Batman premiere on July 20th.
Barry Spodak, a threat assessment expert, says that when Holmes suddenly dropped out of school, this should have been a warning to the threat assessment team that there could be a problem.
“You know, I think that’s the signal that you should intensify your efforts, not walk away,” Spodak told ABC News. “Under those circumstances, most well-trained threat assessment teams would have gone into action.”