E-mails show some feared Jared Loughner was dangerous

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some feared danger

E-mails written by a classmate and a teacher:

From June 1, the first day of class:

"One day down and nineteen to go. We do have one student in the class who was disruptive today, I'm not certain yet if he

was on drugs (as one person surmised) or disturbed. He scares me a bit. The teacher tried to throw him out and he refused to go, so I talked to the teacher afterward. Hopefully he will be out of class very soon, and not come back with an automatic weapon."

- Lynda Sorenson, 52, an algebra classmate of Loughner's

From June 10:

". . . Class isn't dull as we have a seriously disturbed student in the class, and they are trying to figure out how to get rid of him before he does something bad, but on the other hand, until he does something bad, you can't do anything about him. Needless to say, I sit by the door."

- Sorenson

From June 14:

"There was never a time when he was in class that he was not disruptive, and he scared me. He frightened the daylights out of me. I kept saying to people, 'I'm afraid he's going to come into the class with a gun.' "

- Sorenson

"I always felt, you know, somewhat paranoid. When I turned my back to write on the board, I would always turn back quickly - to see if he had a gun."

- Ben McGahee, an instructor at Pima Community College who taught Loughner in the elementary algebra class

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