Tragedy struck Parkland, Florida yesterday as a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17.
Nikolas Cruz was described by peers as “off” and “troubled.”
But his actions should have raised red flags within the FBI after these warnings.
Cruz, 19, had been expelled from the school last year for fighting.
Reports say he was getting treatment at a mental health clinic.
And even the FBI was warned about Cruz’s homicidal tendencies
Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz.
The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment to the bureau’s tips account. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.
Agents with the bureau’s Mississippi field office got back to him “immediately,” Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.
“They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” Bennight told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”
But that’s not all. Jake Tapper says the FBI received a second warning, though it remains unclear what the second warning was.
There were at least 2 alleged threat reports that the FBI received about the shooter, a law enforcement official tells @evanperez. 1 was the YouTube post about being a professional school shooter. 1/2
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 15, 2018
In both cases, Tapper says, the FBI dropped the ball by not informing local law enforcement about the potential threats.
In the wake of the tragedy, President Trump tweeted his prayers and condolences for the families affected.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
In the coming days and weeks, anti-gun politicians will certainly try to capitalize on this tragedy by pushing gun control.
In the past, many of their gun control proposals would have done nothing to stop tragedies like these from occurring in areas already proclaimed “Gun Free Zones” by law.
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