Lynne Fenton, who is understood to have treated Holmes in the spring, contacted several members of the University of Colorado behavioural evaluation and threat assessment (Beta) team to voice concerns about Holmes almost six weeks before the July 20 tragedy, according to a Denver broadcaster KMGH-TV, Channel 7.
But officials at the University of Colorado never contacted Aurora police with Dr Fenton’s concerns.
Dr Fenton made initial phone calls about “engaging the Beta team” in “the first ten days” of June, but it “never came together” because at the time she was having conversations with team members, Holmes began the process of dropping out of school, a source told the broadcaster.
According to the university’s website, the Beta team exists to provide resources and information to faculty, staff or students who are confronted with individuals who may be threatening, disruptive, or otherwise problematic.
It does not provide treatment or discipline, but aims instead to provide “support, information and referrals”.
Among the potential warning signs that the team tells university community to look out for are marked changes in behaviour/attitude, depression and lethargy, hyperactivity, deterioration of personal hygiene, references to suicide/homicide and strange or bizarre behaviour.
It was not clear what sparked Dr Fenton’s concern about Holmes, who has been charged with the murders of 12 people and shooting of 58 others during the midnight premier of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.Bookmark & Share