Florida school officials knew suspect before shooting – did they ignore warnings?
As details continue to arise from a terrible school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some are already wondering if enough was done about warnings signs from the suspect apprehended by law enforcement.
Suspect Nikolaus Cruz, 19, is in custody. #stonemandouglasshooting
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018
“He is 19 years old. He was born in 1998, in September. He was a former student of Douglas High School. He got expelled for disciplinary reasons,” Sheriff Scott Israel told the press.
A math teacher at Stoneman Douglas High school told the Miami Herald that they were told the former student had threatened other students and had been told he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack. He said that the administration had sent an email out to teachers about Cruz.
“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” he said. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”
The suspect had been in the teacher’s math class last year.
A student interviewed on WSB-TV told reporters that students were joking that he would be the one to “shoot up the school.”
“A lot of people were saying that it was going to be him,” he said. “We actually joked around like that, saying that he would be the one to shoot up the school but it turns out you know, everyone predicted it. That’s crazy.”
“He was on the third floor,” he explained, “he knows the school layout, he knows where everybody would be at, as of right now, he’s been through school drills, he’s prepared for this stuff.”
Here’s his interview:
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) February 14, 2018
Authorities say 17 were killed in the shooting, and that the shooter had “countless magazines” and used an AR-16 rifle for the attack.
Here’s a video about the suspect apprehended: