Nikolas Cruz, the Florida school shooter, had a long history of disciplinary problems at the high school he later shot up, disciplinary problems that were ignored due to a program to avoid having minority students (Blacks and Hispanics) sent to the criminal justice system. This is after months of Broward County school officials denying that he was in the so-called Promise Program.
Runcie had insisted that Cruz was not in the Promise program, but he did an abrupt shift this week and said Cruz had been referred to it in 2013 for vandalizing a bathroom. Cruz did not complete the three-day stint, the district said, but administrators haven’t said why.
A couple of months later, he was sent to a special school for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. As a tot, he was found to be developmentally delayed and had been considered a special needs child in school, entitled to certain services and protections under law.
Some parents and community leaders have criticized the superintendent for misleading the public about Cruz, and the school district appears not to be able to make sense of all of the records it has on him.
“To me, it’s an indication that the various discipline programs in place at the district are confusing, poorly implemented and executed, and clearly if we take the district at its statement, they’ve been difficult to track,” said Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was one of 17 people shot to death in Cruz’s Valentine’s Day massacre. “If the records are this difficult to find, clearly it would be difficult to know whether this is helping students or not.”
Despite Cruz’s history of discipline problems, neither the schools nor police ever steered him to the justice system.
A video on social media shows him with a bullet at school. Police reports have him batting his elderly mother with a vacuum hose, destroying property and pulling a gun on her and his brother.
On Feb. 5, 2016, the Broward Sheriff’s Office got an anonymous call that Cruz posted on Instagram that he “planned to shoot up the school.” He was never disciplined or charged, even though it’s a felony in Florida for someone to threaten to “discharge any destructive device” with the intent to harm someone.
Go here to read the rest. There were a whole host of red flags indicating that Cruz was a seriously deranged kid who was a potential danger to others, and they were all ignored. Far easier to blame guns than to admit that we have highly expensive education and justice systems that perform about as well as the Keystone Kops when it comes to protecting others from potentially dangerous lunatics.