|Dr. Lynne Fenton expressed her fears about Holmes hurting others |
but the University of Colorado choose not to inform
authorities because Holmes was leaving the school.
Sources told KMGH that Fenton contacted several members of a "behavioral evaluation and threat assessment" team to say Holmes could potentially be a danger to others, the station reported.We can expect this to be a central issue in Holmes' criminal trial since his attorneys will almost certainly be pursuing some sort of insanity defense. But for civil liability, a critical element is often foreseeability. If the evidence shows Fenton and the University had a duty to report to the police but did not, it is also foreseeable that plaintiffs' lawyers might focus on Fenton and the University. And the Pontius Pilate defense will probably not work for them.
The "BETA" team consists of "key" staff members from various university departments who have specific expertise in dealing with assessing potential threats on campus, the school says on its website.
Holmes was a doctoral student at the university's Anschutz Medical Campus until June, when he withdrew from the program.
Sources told KMGH that university officials never contacted Aurora police with Fenton's concerns before the July 20 killings.
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Did Fenton report Holmes to the University of Colorado police weeks before the attack?