As Florida town mourns, authorities revisit possible warning signs before school massacre

Vanessa Beaulieu
Février 25, 2018

It was about guns.

HARROWING clips shot by students at the Florida shooting school show bodies strewn around blood-spattered classrooms and the moment they are rescued by SWAT teams rescued. As he huddled with fellow students, he stayed calm and decided to try to create a record of their thoughts and views that would live on, even if the worst happened to them. They were calling their parents to let them know they were safe and texting classmates to find out if they had survived.

"Bang, bang, bang - all of a sudden the shooting stopped", he said.

Mr Cruz, who had been expelled from the school where he allegedly staged his attack for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, made a brief court appearance on Thursday (local time) and was ordered to be held without bond.

"It has always been my dream to live in this neighborhood", said Tiffany Matthews, 42, who works at a gas station a few miles from the school.

Many assessments are closed within days or weeks when the FBI concludes there's no criminal or national security threat, or basis for continued scrutiny. And while Hixon, Feis and Beigel were part of the Stoneman Douglas faculty and staff, they represent teachers, athletic directors and coaches everywhere.

"When you don't have the support system, that affects who you are, and that affects the people around you", McNeill said. The more typical way they become a safety issue is if students are using them to bully or threaten one another.

Joey Cordover, Noah Kaufman, John Greenberg, Sam Resnick, Ethan Rocha, and Jonathan Blank were all in class Wednesday afternoon when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15. He is charged with 17 counts of murder. The Bill of Rights was written in the era of muskets and dueling pistols. "The FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable". And could there be a cost to that feeling? "I looked down. He was reloading".

After the rampage, he walked to a Wal-Mart and bought a drink at a Subway restaurant, then went to a McDonald's.

While Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was on lockdown, with an active shooter in the building, students were on their phones.

"She did her best getting him any help he needed", the relative said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that the bureau is "investigating the facts" and is committed to deciphering why protocols were not followed in this instance.

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The teenager accused of killing 17 students and teachers in a Florida school is "sad", "mournful" and "remorseful", his lawyer said.

Many people knew that Nikolas Cruz was troubled, violent and liable to explode.

One student said Cruz had been abusive to his ex-girlfriend and that his expulsion was over a fight with her new boyfriend. "The information was not provided to the Miami field office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time", the statement added.

Chardon, Ohio, February 27, 2012: Seventeen-year-old student at Chardon High School kills three students and wounds three in school cafeteria. Four other high schoolers suffered non-gunshot wounds in the ensuing panic. No police reports were immediately available for those calls so it was not possible to determine whether Cruz was involved.

An undated school photograph of Cruz. The city said Friday that details were not complete. Will the outcome be different this time?

But they replied: "It's not over we are on lockdown".

"It wasn't like there wasn't concern for him, " Mr Furr said.

Not every young person who displays these behaviors is an imminent threat to the public.

Malcolm Roxburgh, a longtime neighbor of Cruz's who lived just three houses down, said: "Just about everybody on this part of the street had a run-in with him".

The family, who has requested anonymity, knew that Cruz owned a gun. Beside him was a duffel bag crammed with 14 pipe bombs, 3 carbon dioxide cartridge bombs filled with gunpowder, one propane bomb and a sawed-off shotgun with several rounds of pellets. He told CNN he immediately contacted the FBI.

Noorali remembers talking to Cruz's mother about his behavioural problems. "Do something. Action! We need it now!"

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