Skip to comments.Shocking: Reports Indicate Suspect of ‘Dark Knight’ Shootings Was a Camp Counselor
Posted on 07/21/2012 7:24:24 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Bill Dedman, an investigative reporter for msnbc.com, is reporting that the suspect in the horrifying shooting in Aurora, Colorado was a camp counselor in the summer of 2008 for underprivileged children in Glendale, California.
NBC News has more information:
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles confirmed that [James] Holmes was a cabin counselor, responsible for 10 children at its Camp Max Straus for children ages 7 to 14 from Los Angeles. Holmes was then a 20-year-old student at the University of California, Riverside, and neighbors have said he was active in the Presbyterian church that the family attended. The camp is nonsectarian.
A statement from the group said, His role was to [ensure] that these children had a wonderful camp experience by helping them learn confidence, self esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes. These skills are learned through activities such as archery, horseback riding, swimming, art, sports and high ropes course.
A fellow counselor told NBC News that Holmes seemed shy.
The entire staff was really close, considering we lived together, except for James, said the counselor, who asked that she not be named. He really kept to himself and hardly ever went on any trips with the rest of the staff. He was very shy and reserved.
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...
We need to ban Intelligence and Shyness.
"When I was a kid, going to camp was so tough that we had a mass murderer for a camp counselor."
He must have had a psychotic break at some point. And there had to be indications of this - he needed hospitalization and meds and because he did not receive them, there was a massacre. But when he was working as a camp counselor, he really may not have been dangerous at that point.
I find it utterly shocking that some people who have normal experiences sometimes grow up and do bad things. There ought to be a law.
No kidding. For every loner who goes ballistic, there are millions who never harm a flea. And sometimes there are the ones like the BTK killer, who have wives and kids, upstanding member of their church, have respectable jobs and all that, and it turns out they have an ugly secret.
My drill sergeant was in the same Basic Training Unit as Jeffrey Dahmer.
I believe that Democrat James Holmes (D-Aurora) had a psychotic break after seeing President Obama flounder in the polls.
and deport all Presbyterians
Or psychoactive drugs or meth.
The Unabomber enjoyed Algore’s book.
We are going to find out about any connection to a church 5 years ago... how about what he was connected to in the last 2 or three years?
Next step community organizer.
Uncle Joe, the hero of the 11930s, 1940s and 50s progressives, was once a divinity student!
I don’t understand what is so shocking about him being a counselor.
What is shocking is that he went off the rails in college.
He seemed to have wanted to hurry up everything and get to college and then the disillusionment of his dream set in.
It was no magic bullet to get him a nice job away from the parents and on his own.
He was still awkward, geeky and didn’t have friends or a girlfriend and now he was losing his one thing—being known as a brainiac. Nope, he was failing in Colorado.
He failed and today’s ‘everybody gets a trophy’ world, he didn’t know how to cope. So he made everybody pay. He won’t be going back home to live with mom and dad and now he is famous.
Now he has achieved something....
The camp is in my home town?!? I’m wondering if he grew up there? Anyone heard where the kid is from. Apparently his mom now lives in San Diego.
When his mother was called, she immediately said that it no doubt was her son. It begs the question how many of his friends, teachers, fellow students and neighbors knew that this lunatic was dangerous and did nothing. A simple visit by the police may have changed history.
Why is this shocking? I am as shocked to find this out as I am that Sanduski founded a home for wayward boys.
Or a brain tumor.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.