University Silence On Accused Movie Shooter Costly

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Last week, University of Colorado Denverofficials assured reporters that students and faculty were free to talk about the former graduate student charged with killing 12 people at a movie theater. Then top school officials sent an email thanking people for refusing to talk.

"We appreciate your continued cooperation in helping us honor the authorities' request by not giving media interviews," Chancellor Don Elliman and Executive Vice Chancellor Lilly Marks wrote to students, faculty and staff on Thursday.

On Friday, the school amended that. "It is your right to speak to whomever you wish," Elliman and Marks wrote in a follow-up email.

The reversals underscore the forces buffeting the university after the attack that police tie to James Holmes, a former neuroscience student who was seeing a school psychiatrist and had dropped out a month before the shooting.

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