Three students who knew the suspected high school shooter told BuzzFeed News they reported him to school administrators for erratic behavior and threatening them after an ex-girlfriend broke up with him and began seeing another teenager.
The students who spoke to BuzzFeed News — Dana Craig, 16; her boyfriend, Matthew Rosario, 16; and Enea Sabadini, 17 — said that such a fight happened, and that it was the culmination of a jealous and angry period for Cruz because Enea began dating Cruz’s ex-girlfriend. Three other friends who asked BuzzFeed News not to use their names, for privacy reasons, confirmed their accounts.
"Im going to watch ypu bleed," read an Instagram message sent under Cruz's name to Enea in 2017, when students said Cruz was no longer at the school. "iam going to shoot you dead." Another message said Enea "stole my ex."
The FBI said it received and botched tips about Cruz’s threats of school violence. The Broward County Sheriff said his office received about 20 calls regarding Cruz over the years, and Cruz’s social media history shows an obsession with weapons and violence.
Matthew said Cruz whispered threats to him in his fifth-period engineering class. “I turned around. He would be staring, or I don’t know how to explain it, whispering threats,” Matthew said.
“It would be like: ‘I hate you,’ and ‘I’ll kill you,’ he said.
The messages to Enea said, "I am going to enjoy seeing you down on the grass," "Im going to watch ypu bleed," "iam going to shoot you dead," and included a photo of guns.
The New York Times reports Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts.
The F.B.I. admitted on Friday that it had failed to investigate a tip called into a hotline last month by a person close to Mr. Cruz identifying him as a gun owner intent on killing people, possibly at a school. The local police were called to Mr. Cruz’s house many times for disturbances over several years.
Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender, whose office is representing Mr. Cruz, said the report was further evidence that Mr. Cruz needed serious help long before the shooting but did not get enough of it.
“This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter,” Mr. Finkelstein said. “If this isn’t a person who should have gotten someone’s attention, I don’t know who is. This was a multisystem failure.”
- Why did the FBI fail to act?
- Why did school administrators fail to act?
- Were the administrators aware of gun threats?
- Was Cruz's mom unaware of of his arsonal?
- Did the kids show the gun images to any authorities?
I said I would stay out of the gun debate. I changed my mind. Here is a simple statement that nearly everyone should agree with.
Mentally unstable persons, those making gun threats against others, and persons convicted of violent crimes should not own guns.
Does the NRA disagree?
Assessing the Blame
Regardless of how anyone feels about the gun issue, we clearly have a huge education issue at the FBI and by educators.
The kids should have told their parents and administrators about the gun threats.
Cruz could have been locked up had anyone followed up, anywhere along the line.
Meanwhile the FBI's top priority remains a nonsensical investigation into Russia meddling.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock