aside The White Supremacist Mass Shooter Nikolas Cruz’s Troubled history /FBI Was Pre-Warned

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As per a 2/15/18 CNN report by Elliott McLaughlin and Madison Park, “On social media, Nikolas Cruz did not appear to be a peaceful man. He made quite clear his desire to perpetrate the exact type of violence of which he now stands accused.”

“Before he allegedly committed one of the worst mass shootings in US history at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Wednesday (2/14/18), police officials say Cruz wrote social media posts so threatening he was twice reported to the FBI.”
“He hurled slurs at blacks and Muslims, and according to the Anti-Defamation League, had ties to white supremacists. He said he would shoot people with his AR-15 and singled out police and anti-fascist protesters as deserving of his vengeance. Just five months ago, he stated his aspiration to become a “professional school shooter.”
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 “Yet on the morning of the massacre, the family that took the 19-year-old into their home didn’t notice anything terribly strange about the young man’s behavior, the family’s attorney said Thursday. “(He was driven by a Uber driver to the Parkland HS.)
“The only thing abnormal was that he didn’t get up for his adult GED class. Normally, the father would take him to class on the way to work, but when they tried to wake Cruz up Wednesday, he said something like, “It’s Valentine’s Day. I don’t go to school on Valentine’s Day,” according to the lawyer.”
“They just blew it off,” attorney Jim Lewis said. “This is some 19-year-old that didn’t want to get up and go to school that day, and (they) left it at that.”
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 “The family took Cruz in last year after his adoptive mother died. Cruz was depressed, Lewis said. The family’s son knew Cruz, so they opened their home, got him into a GED class and helped him get a job at a Dollar Tree, the lawyer said.” (Dad had died in 2004.)
“He seemed to be doing better,” Lewis said.”
“Lewis characterized the texts as, “How you doing? What’s going on? Yo, you coming over later?” That kind of stuff. Nothing to indicate anything bad was going to happen.”
“Cruz had a gun. The family knew that, but they had established rules. He had to keep it in a lockbox in his room. Cruz had the key to the lockbox, the attorney said.”
“This family did what they thought was right, which was take in a troubled kid and try to help him, and that doesn’t mean he can’t bring his stuff into their house. They had it locked up and believed that that was going to be sufficient, that there wasn’t going to be a problem. Nobody saw this kind of aggression or motive in this kid, that he would ever do anything like this,” Lewis said.”
“Prior to the mass shooting that left 17 adults and children dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Cruz had exchanged texts with the son, who was a student there.”
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On February 15, 2015 of BBC News penned the following report, “Florida shooting: FBI and teachers warned about Nikolas Cruz”

Excerpts:

“The FBI has confirmed that it was warned about the teenager who allegedly carried out a mass shooting at his former school in Florida.”

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“”Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, reportedly left a comment on a YouTube video last year stating: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

“A user alerted authorities to the post.”

Teachers were also warned about Mr Cruz, who was not allowed on campus with a backpack, US media report.”

“The FBI said it had investigated the YouTube comment but had been unable to fully identify the person who posted it.”

“Seventeen people were killed and many more were injured in the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Several people are in a critical condition.”

“Expressing his condolences on Thursday, US President Donald Trump said he was “making plans to visit” Parkland.”

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What were the warnings?

“After seeing a comment on a YouTube post last year by Mr Cruz, 19, user Ben Bennight contacted the FBI and spoke to representatives for about 20 minutes.”

“Mr Bennight said the FBI contacted him again following the school shooting in Parkland.”

“The FBI confirmed on Thursday that they were made aware of the comment, adding that they had conducted “checks” but were unable to identify the person behind it.”

“Meanwhile maths teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald newspaper that school authorities had emailed teachers about Mr Cruz’s behaviour.”

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“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” Mr Gard told the Miami Herald.

“There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

“It is unclear why Mr Cruz was expelled from the school. Former schoolmate Joshua Charo said Mr Cruz had been found with bullets in his backpack.”

“I can’t say I was shocked,” Mr Charo said after the shooting.”

“He seemed like the kind of kid who would do something like this.”

“Other students echoed that opinion. “Everyone predicted it,” one told local station WFOR.”

“But police said they had not been warned of a possible attack by Mr Cruz.”

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What else do we know about the suspect?

“Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Mr Cruz’s social media profiles were “very, very disturbing”.

“Two separate Instagram accounts, now deleted, purport to show Mr Cruz posing with guns and knives.”

“Mr Cruz allegedly used an AR-15 rifle in the attack, which he had reportedly bought legally.”

“ABC reported that Mr Cruz has links with a white supremacist group, Republic of Florida.” (I have not been able to verify this assertion. There are racist views on his laptop but nothing about belonging to a specific group.)

6 comments

  1. ““He hurled slurs at blacks and Muslims, and according to the Anti-Defamation League, had ties to white supremacists. He said he would shoot people with his AR-15 and singled out police and anti-fascist protesters as deserving of his vengeance. Just five months ago, he stated his aspiration to become a “professional school shooter.”

    And the FBI did not investigate this kid? Somehow i’m not surprised, the incompetence shown by our IC is shameful and very sad, knowing this could somehow be prevented!

    This troubled youth basically telegraphed his intentions about shooting up a school, crying out for help! How hard is it for the FBI to interview the young man, get him counseling and support? No wonder Trumped wanted to overhaul this incompetent “intelligence” agency, as President he needs to clean house and fire all that dead weight!

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      It looks like the FBI dropped the ball on this one. What has not been widely covered by press is that this is second mass shooting in 2 months (last one in Dec 2017) by a young White Supremacist It turns out that he was not part of a specific group as asserted by an ABC News report. However, these groups have not been identified by the president as terrorist organizations because they are home grown (domestic) versus foreign born. So, in this country someone like Nikolas Cruz was frankly not a priority concern. This is true even though they will kill many more Americans.

      I will be blogging on this later.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear E,

      Good question. He had been reported to FBI. He had been receiving mental health counseling for troublesome behaviors. The school security guard was armed. He was barred from entering the school. He espoused racist views but he was not a member of a White Supremacist group as reported by ABC. What could go wrong?

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. There were warning signs… “Nikolas Cruz is said to have talked about shooting small animals, including lizards, squirrels, frogs, and a neighbor’s chickens, and reportedly sent his dog to a neighbor’s house to attack the pigs there. The FBI has identified cruelty to animals as a warning sign of more violence to come, and many school shooters and serial killers have a history of abusing animals.”

    Unfortunately, no one can predict the exact timing that someone like Nikolas Cruz will go out of control. What can be done, is to take weapons away from these people.

    America needs gun controls… ‘the right to bear arms’ is as outdated as the time it was put into the constitution. Cowboys and Indians playground bravado is a silly idea and people running around with firearms is just plain ludicrous.

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  3. Dear Colettebytes,

    There were a lot of signs and a lot of adults dropped the ball that could have saved 17 young peoples from leaving this earth too early and a lot of grieving loved ones.

    The FBI did drop the ball and they finally came clean to admit this.

    The president in not making domestic terrorism a priority let a lot of people down.

    The WH and GOP in US congress allowed for mentally ill people to have easier access to guns in 2017.

    I suspect (NOT VERIFIED) this young man has a form of autism. His adopted Mom passed away in Nov. 2017 and this was Valentine’s Day. He was a ticking time bomb. (His Dad had passed away 2004.)

    He was isolated with no friends, no connections. When he turned 18, the school washed their hands of him faster than a speeding bullet. There are protocols for a school to follow to monitor this young man but he had no advocate like a parent. I am willing to bet, they dropped the ball too.

    Gov. Scott no sooner learned that FBI Director Wray admitted FL FBI at fault, when the Gov was demanding that the FBI Director Wray resign. The FBI Director did the honorable thing by making the FL FBI office accept responsibility. I would believe FBI Director Wray anytime over the likes of a Governor who would pull this kind of political stunt.

    I’ll be following this story like I did Trayvon Martin and the Michael Brown case.

    Hugs, Gronda

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