College Bares Chilling Loughner Behavior

Bizarre outbursts by suspect in Rep. Giffords' shooting troubled staff
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 4:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Staff and students at a Tucson college were deeply concerned about Jared Lee Loughner's strange and aggressive behavior, newly released emails reveal. The emails, released by Pima Community College after a lawsuit from the Arizona Republic, show that administrators balanced their concerns about Loughner with their wish to respect his right to due process. "I did not come up with any gun info on this guy. Let me know if you need anything else," an ATF officer wrote to a campus police officer in one email.

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Loughner's disruptive behavior included "staring at the instructor and some classmates with an 'evil' big smile and laughing very inappropriately at a math point the instructor made," the college's dean wrote. "I have been asking myself if there is/was anything more we could have or should have done in situations like this one," a college counselor wrote after Loughner was arrested for the Tucson shootings that killed six people and wounded 12 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. "I keep coming back to the conclusion that we did the best we could, given legal counsel's advice and the limited resources available to us, to look out for the safety and well-being of the greater student body while respecting the troubled students' status as adults who are responsible for their actions, and thus can't be forced to seek help," the counselor wrote. Click to read excerpts from the emails. (Read more Jared Lee Loughner stories.)

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