Authorities in Florida knew of Nikolas Cruz’s plans to commit a school shooting, and did nothing.
The stunning revelation comes as newly-released 911 phone call logs revealed they had been warned several times by those close to Cruz.
The logs reveal that, since 2016, at least three 911 calls were made to warn authorities specifically about threats Cruz was making to commit a mass shooting.
They were also made aware of social media posts of Cruz indicating disturbing behavior. It highlights a charge made by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: that the Broward County Sheriff’s Department was well aware of the potential of Cruz committing a violent act, yet nothing was done.
A 911 call log released on Thursday by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department reveals that police were first told that Nikolas Cruz might commit a school shooting two years before he massacred 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
On February 5, 2016, a neighbor’s son alerted officers to an Instagram post that showed Cruz, then a juvenile, holding guns and threatening to shoot up the school.
The deputy who responded noted that Cruz, who was 17 at the time, had BB guns and knives but did not write up a report, choosing instead to notify the school.
Nothing was done at all however in November when a caller informed police that the teenager was ‘collecting guns and knives,’ adding: ‘Cruz will kill himself one day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making.’
he officers who responded to those two calls are now under internal investigation, but not the deputy who responded to a report that Cruz was gathering up an arsenal of weapons in November 1 but refused to take away any of the young man’s guns after a ‘family friend’ said she would keep them in her possession.
That friend, based on the address to which police reported, appears to be Rocxanne Deschamps.
A Florida Department of Family Services worker also called police in September 2016 to report that Cruz had been speaking about purchasing a gun shortly after he was in a fight at school.