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According to the New York Times, two guidance counselors and a Broward County Sheriff's Deputy concluded in September 2016 that Cruz should be "forcibly committed" to a mental institution after he was deemed a "suicide risk" for five consecutive days.

Deputy Peterson was still serving as the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas High when Mr. Cruz carried out his deadly rampage. Within days of the February 14 massacre, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted it had failed to act on a public tip in January, in which a caller warned Cruz had a "desire to kill people".

A commitment under the law would have made it more hard if not impossible for Cruz to obtain a gun legally.

Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz had become so erratic and mentally unstable in 2016 that officials had recommended he be committed for a mental health evaluation.

According to the arrest report, he told deputies he wanted to "reflect on the school shooting and soak it in".

Zachary Cruz was being held on a $25 bond, while his brother, Nikolas Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, and has no bond, county records showed.




Investigators are still working to determine how Cruz was able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle previous year, despite numerous red flags.

Cruz told Henderson evaluators he damaged the wall because he was upset that his girlfriend broke up with him.

Zachary Cruz, 18, who was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, allegedly rode his skateboard through school grounds, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. Clinicians had repeatedly concluded that the Baker Act would not justify committing Mr. Cruz because he denied having an intent or a plan to hurt himself or others. Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty if he is convicted. He also admitted to cutting his arm with a pencil sharpener. "(Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up".

The documents show that Cruz was very much on the radar screen of mental health professionals and the Broward County school system, yet very little appears to have been done other than these evaluations.

It's not clear from the documents who the recommendation was forwarded to or why it was not followed up.


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