Paperwork filed within the case of Nikolas Cruz, who charged within the lethal capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida, present that in 2016, officers really useful that Cruz be dedicated involuntarily, however for some purpose it didn’t occur, the Related Press reported.
Greater than a 12 months earlier than Cruz allegedly killed 17 individuals and injured 17 others, he informed a classmate he wished to by and use a gun, wrote “kill” in a pocket book, minimize himself deliberately after a break-up, and informed somebody he as soon as drank gasoline and vomited from it, based on the paperwork. The data, offered by Henderson Behavioral Well being, a psychological evaluation service that Cruz’s mom used for her son, additionally reportedly stated that the FBI was contacted relating to the change that Cruz might may convey a gun to highschool. Additionally they stated that two faculty counselors and a college useful resource officer really useful that Cruz be dedicated involuntarily underneath Florida’s Baker Act, the AP stated.
That college officer simply occurred to be Scot Peterson, the identical sheriff’s deputy who was accused of being current outdoors the college on the time of the capturing with out going inside to cease it.
The paperwork didn’t point out why Cruz was not dedicated. They did say that professionals with Henderson interviewed Cruz in September 2016, and that Cruz stated he was higher was not feeling lonely after his break-up, and was doing higher at school.
If Cruz had been dedicated, it will solely have been short-term, however it might have made it tougher for him to legally purchase a weapon if it got here up in a background test.
Cruz now faces homicide fees and the dying penalty.
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