Holmes' behavior raised flags at Alabama school

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes' behavior during interviews raised concerns at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which rejected him from its neuroscience program despite describing him as an excellent candidate.

The school on Thursday released Holmes' application, which included interview review forms filled out by those who met with Holmes when he visited the school in February 2011.

Professors noted Holmes was a "top notch" student but shy. One professor doubted whether he wanted Holmes in his lab, noting that "he may be extremely smart, but difficult to engage."

Holmes is charged with murder and attempted murder in the July 20 shooting at an Aurora theater that killed 12 people and left 58 others wounded.


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  • by Duh on Sep 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    Once again there is evidence of the failure of "public servants" to actually "serve" the public. Everyone with a brain seems to have noticed that this guy was a nut. Bureaucracy, a "brain free" area of endeavor, glossed over this. Look at the process. Bureaucracy ignores obvious problems. Bureaucracy creates artificial impediments to protection ("no guns allowed signs", TSA). Bureaucracy restricts and controls responses, "Call 911 don't try this yourself". Bureaucracy is a failure at anything except securing paychecks and power for itself. The weak minded are more than happy to lull themselves into a self-deluded fog thinking that they'll be "protected". ("Protect" is an active verb, not a passive one.)
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      by BA on Sep 7, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to Duh
      Yes, it sucks, but if you had a sneaking suspicion about someone being a nut case or a lunatic that might be capable of something as crazy as this. Who would you be able to tell. Once you told them, what could they possibly do? The answer is they can't do anything until a crime has been committed. There are many people that seem off there rocker, but have never done anything to harm others. We are not physic, and if you were reporting everyone that was off and had each one investigated we would be impeding the rights we have and hold so dear. All we can really change is our own level of self awareness. The possibility the world is changing and we have to change with it to survive. Being prepared to go out and enjoy an evening out on the town, but keep our guard up for anything out of place. That's all we can do.
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