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The teenager accused of carrying out a shooting at a school in Florida on Wednesday it was being investigated by the state child welfare agency after he cut himself in a video he posted on social media.
The Miami Herald obtained records from the Florida Department of Children and Families and reported Saturday that Nikolas Cruz, 19, posted a video on Snapchat, a social media site, which sees him cutting his arms in 2016.
The agency was called in to examine the video. Cruz, 18, was listed as an “alleged victim” of the medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then 68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the “alleged offender.”
The state investigated after Nikolas Cruz posted a video of himself on Snapchat to show him cutting himself.
“Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat the cut of both his arms,” the Florida DCF abuse hotline was told in August 2016. “Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms. Mr. Cruz said he is planning to go out and buy a gun.”
ALLEGED FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTER NIKOLAS CRUZ WAS REPORTED TO THE FBI, POLICE, SCHOOL – BUT WARNING SIGNS MISSED
The paper reported Cruz would have been going through a difficult time before he cut himself. He is, reportedly, had just separated from his girlfriend who was not faithful to him, got in a fight with a person and he allegedly drew a “Nazi symbol” on his backpack, the Miami Herald reported.
The agency for research wrapped up on Nov. 12, 2016. The bureau concluded that the teenager had not been mistreated by his mother, was receiving adequate care from a mental health counselor and to school.
“Henderson (Mental Health clinic) came out and evaluated (victim and found him stable enough to not need to be admitted to the hospital,” the DCF report said.
His mother died of pneumonia on Nov. 1, 2017.
A study found Nikolas Cruz was not abused by his mother.
(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)
Cruz reportedly was diagnosed with autism, but the claim is never verified.
Michael Alessandri, a professor at the University of Miami, told the Miami Herald Cruz with a diagnosis of autism was not the reason why he allegedly carried out the massacre.
“It is a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Alessandri said. “I can assure you that autism is not what pulled the trigger for this young man,” he added.
“This is without a doubt a matter of mental illness. Autism is not. It is a communication disorder, not a violent disorder.”
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The documents provide further evidence that Cruz was a troubled teenager before being charged with 17 murders in the Wednesday attack at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At least 17 people have been killed in the shooting.
At least 17 people have been killed in the shooting Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
The teenager arrived at the school in an Uber, while carrying a bag that contained his AR-15, police said. He is accused of walking through the school, the hallways, opening fire on random people, before he tried to mingle with the other students flee from the scene. After the shooting he went to Walmart to McDonald’s before he was arrested.
Cruz made his first appearance Thursday afternoon after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He was ordered held without bond. The teenager allegedly plead guilty to his crimes to avoid the death penalty.
Court documents showed he confessed to the shooting.
The troubled teen began with what may have been warning signs for his shooting. Cruz neighbors, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he would be shooting at chickens, while students at the school said that he was talking about the record of lizards and other small animals. His social media page is filled with photos of him posing with guns.
Nikolas Cruz may have started out with warning signs for the school shooting.
A report from BuzzFeed also showed that the authorities were called to Cruz’s house at least 36 times over the course of six years.
On Friday, the FBI confirmed the agency failed to investigate a warning of Jan. 5 that Cruz could be plotting an attack.
“Under established protocols, the information of the caller must be assessed as a potential threat to life,” the FBI statement said. “We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on Jan. 5.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the agency would assess what had happened.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.