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College documents: Loughner's outbursts 'intimidated' faculty

By the CNN Wire Staff
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  • Pima Community College releases 8,500 pages of documents relating to Jared Loughner
  • Loughner drops out months before six people are killed in Tucson shooting
  • Police reports, e-mails, memos reveal disruptive behavior
  • Loughner says his freedom of speech was denied, claims Pima is a "scam"

(CNN) -- Some police reports and e-mails -- among the thousands of pages of documents released this week by the Arizona community college where Jared Loughner was enrolled -- show the alleged Tucson shooter repeatedly accusing his college of "scamming" him and claiming his freedom of speech was being stolen.

Pima Community College released more than 8,500 pages in compliance with an order issued by the Pima County Superior Court on Monday, after the court determined the documents were not protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy.

Nearly 19,000 pages have been released in response to dozens of public records requests from local and national media in the wake of the January shooting in Tucson that left six dead and 13 wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, the community college said in a statement.

Loughner is being held in a federal mental hospital after a court ruling found him incompetent to stand trial. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that he can refuse anti-psychotic medications while he appeals the treatment, which was prescribed by prison doctors.

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Loughner was suspended from the college on September 30, a little more than three months before the shootings. A week before his suspension, Internet postings attributed to him were discovered calling Pima Community College a "genocide school" and claiming students were being tortured.

A memo to Loughner from the school's vice president of student development, dated October 7, accepts his decision to withdraw rather than contest allegations that he had violated the school's code of conduct.

Notable among the documents released this week were reports about four campus police reports from February to September 2010. In them, officers gave accounts -- some of them secondhand -- of bizarre behavior and intimidating outbursts over what seem to be relatively minor issues, such as receiving a "B" in a Pilates class and disagreeing with an instructor about a number on a math problem.

On February 5, 2010, a dean at the college reported strange behavior in response to poem read by a fellow student, according to a police incident report. The officer said "there was nothing to indicate he might have a trend of misbehavior of this type, that we really didn't have anything to react to in a law enforcement mode at this time."

The officer went on to say in the report that Loughner had "some prior drug involvement but no warrants or anything of immediate concern."

"For now, this report documents the faculty's concerns but does not in my opinion justify making contact with Loughner by police."

In a report dated May 17, 2010, a Pilates instructor at the college said Loughner became "very hostile" when he found out he was receiving a 'B.' The instructor said Loughner "threw his work down and said the grade was 'unacceptable,'" according to the report. She told police that when she spoke with him outside the classroom, she "felt like it might become physical."

He was referred to his instructor's supervisor, who "also felt 'intimidated.'"

Again, though, police said they did not believe contact with Loughner was necessary "at this time."

On June 1, 2010, Loughner disrupted a math class "when he made reference to a problem that the instructor was trying to explain and argued with the instructor on the number used," according to police report dated June 3, 2010.

Afterward, the officer says in his report that he didn't "have any charges to file on this student. A further investigation is needed to be able to make the decision on this student's ability to stay in class or be with other students. (The dean) has advised that the instructor and students in the class are uncomfortable with Loughner inside their class and are afraid of any repercussions that could exist from Loughner being unstable in his actions."

Included in the records was an e-mail to faculty members from the counselor who met with Loughner after the math class incident:

"As we walked out of the class he asked me if I was a cop, I told him, "No, but there could be one if we could not find a way to meet a happy medium. ... He questioned why he had to leave the class when he was only exercising his freedom of speech."

The e-mail refers to repeated instances during the conversation in which Loughner said he was worried that his freedom of speech was being violated by his not being able to ask questions in math class.

Police did make contact with Loughner on September 23, after an adjunct biology teacher complained Loughner became disruptive in her class after she told him he would only get half-credit on an assignment he'd brought in late.

According to the police report, the "visibly upset" teacher said Loughner was ranting that it "was a violation of his right to freedom of speech."

When the officer spoke with him, the report stated, Loughner "could not verbalize what the problem was and kept referring back to the freedom of speech. I noticed during my questioning that Loughner's head was constantly tilted to the left and his eyes were jittery and looking up and to the left."

After another officer arrived, the discussion about rights and behavior continued.

"Loughner was unable to process why the police were involved in the incident," the report said.

Loughner was taken to the office of a campus administrator, who spoke privately with him for about 25 minutes.

The officers told the administrator they believed Loughner had "a mental health concern," according to the incident report.

On September 29, campus police investigated a "suspicious video" posted about a week before on YouTube, titled "Pima Community College School-Genocide/Scam-Free Education-Broken United States Constitution," in which the narrator said things such as "We are examining the torture of students," and "This is my genocide school," and complained that he was "going to be homeless because of this school."

That night, campus police went to Loughner's home to serve him with his notice of suspension from the community college. The officer read the letter to him, the report said, and spent an hour on the "narration of Jared's actions that brought him to his current predicament," after which the officer said Loughner "left his silence and spoke out saying, 'I realize now that this is all a scam.'"