The funerals and ceremonies for the 17 people killed in Florida on Valentines Day have begun, and new information about the killer are making the reality of the situation all the more disturbing.
It’s been reported over the past 48-hours that Nikolas Cruz was overlooked by both the FBI and the local sherif’s department after numerous warning signs were reported by citizens, and people familiar with the 19-year-old.
The Miami Herald is now reporting more information that is simply mind-blowing:
Nikolas Cruz had just broken up with his girlfriend, who had been cheating on him, and he’d gotten into a fight with another boy. He’d drawn a “Nazi symbol” on his book bag. And Broward mental health authorities were worried that his chronic depression was worsening.
It was Aug. 28, 2016, and Cruz — who since has admitted to perpetrating one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history — took to his arms with a knife.
“Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms,” the Florida Department of Children & Families’ abuse hotline was told at 1:48 p.m. “Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms. Mr. Cruz stated he plans to go out and buy a gun.”
In the short report, Cruz, then 18, was listed as an “alleged victim” of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, 68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the “alleged perpetrator.”
DCF’s investigation was completed that Nov. 12. The agency concluded that Cruz had not been mistreated by his mother, that he was receiving adequate care from a counselor at Henderson Mental Health, and was attending school.
“Henderson came out and assessed the [victim and] found him to be stable enough not to be hospitalized,” the report said.
Cruz had been diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder that often leads to social awkwardness and isolation, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.