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School Records Show Reaction to Colo. Theater Shooting

Posted at: 12/05/2012 4:04 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Newly released documents show officials at the University of Colorado feared for their safety after a graduate student there was identified as the suspect in the Aurora movie shooting.

The internal emails were among several thousand documents released Wednesday under Colorado's Open Records Act.

The trove is heavily redacted because the university said it would violate federal privacy laws to release information about James Holmes' academic performance or medical issues.

Holmes' attorneys say he is mentally ill and that he withdrew from the school's neuroscience program after failing a final exam.

The department chair wrote in an email that she feared for the safety of students and faculty at the medical school.

Police at the time were trying to remove booby-traps they said Holmes had left at his apartment.

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