The tragedy of 24-year-old PhD student James Holmes has raised new questions about a university’s responsibility to alert police of students’ troubling behaviour, the Christian Science Monitor reports.We reported Thursday that the psychiatrist treating Holmes raised alarms at the University of Colorado, Denver about Holmes’ concerning behaviour six weeks before his alleged massacre.
However, the university reportedly decided Holmes wasn’t its problem because he was in the process of dropping out.
Victims of the Aurora, Colo. tragedy are likely to sue the school for failing to stop a crime, legal experts told the Christian Science Monitor Thursday.
But one expert doubted such a suit could be successful.
“Do they have a responsibility for every student after they have left the campus?” defence lawyer Barry Pollack told the Christian Science Monitor.
The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
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