School officials and social workers in Parkland, Florida sought to commit 19-year old gunman Nikolas Cruz to a mental health facility months before his rampage; raising even more questions over multiple red flags missed by local and federal authorities.
According to the New York Times, two guidance counselors and a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy concluded in September 2016 that Cruz should be “forcibly committed” to a mental institution after he was deemed a “suicide risk” for five consecutive days.
The officials were notified by a fellow 11th grader, who told authorities that Cruz claimed to “have a gun at home” and was “planning to use it.”
“But Mr. Cruz appears never to have been institutionalized despite making threats to himself and others, cutting his arms with a pencil sharpener and claiming he had drunk gasoline in a possible attempt to kill himself, all in a five-day period in September 2016,” writes the Times.
The news comes days after more missed flags made national headlines, when the Miami Herald confirmed Cruz had confessed to his school psychiatrist that he “fantasized” about “being covered in blood.”
The startling new revelation fuels even more speculation that local law enforcement and the FBI could have prevented the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 individuals and injured scores more.
MORE RED FLAGS: Florida Shooter TOLD SCHOOL THERAPIST of ‘Massacre’ Fantasies
The lone gunman behind the devastating shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida told social workers of his murderous fantasies in 2014; raising more questions over whether the deadly assault could have been prevented by law enforcement months before it occurred.
According to the Miami Herald, 19-year old Nikolas Cruz informed his school therapist that he had “dark fantasies” and “dreams” of murdering fellow teenagers and being “covered in blood.”
“A May 3, 2014, notation in a Broward County schools psychiatric file said Cruz ‘reported [a dream] last week of him killing people and covered in blood. He smiled and told the therapist that sometimes he says things for shock value,” writes the Herald.
Following the revelation, administrators at the Cross Creek School -where Cruz was enrolled at the time- developed a “safety plan” to cope with the young man’s erratic behavior; including the removal of sharp objects and encouraging him to “verbalize” his mental health issues.
The startling new revelation raises more red flags and fuels speculation that local law enforcement and the FBI could have prevented the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 individuals and injured scores more.
FLORIDA FAIL: New Report Shows Sheriff NOTIFIED 45 TIMES About School Shooter
While the Broward County Sheriff’s Department struggles to downplay fierce criticism over their handling of the devastating school shooting that stunned southern Florida this month, new data shows the agency was notified at least 45 times regarding the gunman’s erratic behavior.
Despite Sheriff Scott Israel’s insistence that his agency received 23 calls regarding 19-year old Nikolas Cruz, records released by the department show at least 45 calls were made to the Broward County Sheriff’s office between 2008 and 2017.
The new details raise even more questions over how local law enforcement and the FBI missed multiple red flags that should have prevented Cruz’s rampage at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The FBI found itself in hot water this week over their response to “multiple tips” regarding Cruz, including information from a family insider that worried the gunman would “go into a school and just shoot the place up.”
Nikolas Cruz confessed to the deadly mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school on February 14; killing seventeen individuals and injuring scores more.