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The University of Colorado released hundreds of pages of documents after 9Wants to Know filed an open records request for information on the Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment Team (BETA).

The BETA team is designed to help students and teachers deal with people on campuses who express a threat to themselves or others. Dr. Lynne Fenton helped expand the BETA team to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The documents show the BETA team, made of up counselors and police, handled 306 cases since 2008 throughout the university's system.

Because of the gag order in the Holmes case, the University of Colorado can not disclose or release any documents and information that would show if the BETA team had any knowledge of the suspect prior to the shooting.

BETA team meeting notes reveal past cases of concern, including a student who threatened to stab a teacher in the eye, another student who was suffering with hallucinations and a student who made a gun gesture to their head.

The documents also contain guidelines on how the BETA team should categorize students based on risk and the appropriate response for each category. There are four categories of risk: no risk, moderate, high and imminent risk.

Guidelines suggest the BETA team should contact law enforcement if students are considered high or an imminent risk. Guidelines don't mention any notice to law enforcement for students in the moderate category.

9Wants to Know also reviewed fire inspection reports of the theater where the shooting occurred. Over a five year period, an inspector noted several violations, including an exit door sticking to the concrete in 2007 and exit signs that needed batteries.

In April, several months before the shooting, the fire inspector found more exit signs that needed batteries and "deficiencies" in the testing of the theater's fire alarm.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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