Nikolas Cruz indicted on 17 murder by the grand jury
Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was formally charged with 17 murders after Valentine’s day attack.
Some school counselors and officials were so concerned about the mental stability of Nikolas Cruz, accused in the last month of Florida school massacre, that they decided to take him with violence more than a year before the shooting.
However, the recommendation was never followed.
Documents in the criminal case against Cruz was found that the officials of the school at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a sheriff’s deputy featured in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for mental evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act for at least three days, sources confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.
The documents, part of Cruz of the criminal case in the shooting, showed that he had written the word “kill” in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm, supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend. He also told another student he had drunk gasoline, and the was throwing. Calls even had the FBI about the possibility of Cruz with a gun at school.
Students are seen on the flight Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, where Nikolas Cruz is accused of killing 17 people.
The documents, first revealed by The Associated Press, were provided by a psychological assessment service initiated by Cruz’s mother called Henderson Behavioral Health. The documents showed a high school resource officer, who was also a sheriff’s deputy and two school counselors featured in September 2016 that Cruz be committed for mental evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act. That act provides for an involuntary commitment for mental health research for at least three days.
Such involuntary hospitalization would also be a high obstacle, if not a complete barrier to legally obtain a firearm such as the AR-15 rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas massacre on Feb. 14, authorities said.
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Nikolas Cruz is seen during a hearing, flanked by his lawyer, Diane Cuddihy.
There is no evidence Cruz was ever committed. Coincidentally, the school resource officer, who recommended that Cruz “Baker Acted” was Scot Peterson — the same Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy who resigned amid accusations that he has failed to respond to the shooting by a stay outside the building where the murder took place.
David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor said that an involuntary commitment would have been a huge red flag had Cruz tried to buy a legal firearm.
“If he had lied, hopefully the verification of the form would have been drawn to the commitment paperwork,” He said.
The documents do not say why Cruz was not committed under the Baker Act, or he may not have qualified for other reasons. The law allows a law enforcement officer, such as Peterson to start commitment under the Baker Act.
A lawyer for Peterson was not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on Sunday.
Cruz, 19, was charged in a 34-count indictment is the murder of 17 people and the wounding of 17 others in the attack. He faces the death penalty if convicted, but his public defender Melisa McNeill has said that he would confess in exchange for a lifetime prison sentence.
Stoneman Douglas High School students mourn the death of their classmates after a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
In the Henderson Behavioral Health documents, Cruz’s mother Lynda was quoted as saying she had new concerns about her son’s mental state after he made holes in a wall in their home in a Park. The doctors in Henderson, came to the house for the interviews and said Cruz admitted punching the wall, but said that he did that because he was angry at a break up with his girlfriend.
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Cruz also admitted to cutting his arm with a pencil sharpener.
After a Sept. 28, 2016 interview, the documents say Cruz “reports that he cut his arms about 3-4 weeks ago, and reports that this is the only time he has ever cut. (Cruz) states that he was cut because he was lonely, states that he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports that his grades had fallen. (Cruz) states that he is now better, reports that he no longer is lonely, and says that his grades have gone back up.”
He also said that the doctor he only had a pellet gun and was not capable of doing “serious damage” to everyone.
The documents showed that Cruz was very much on the radar screen of mental health and the Broward County school system, but very little apparatently was done, other than these evaluations.
Other red flags also popped up, including conversations with the FBI about Cruz the possibility of a school shooter, and numerous visits by county law enforcement officials to his home, for his mother died in November and after, when he lived briefly with a family friend in Palm Beach County.
Again, very little was done.
It is not clear from the documents that the recommendation was directed to or why it was not followed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.