Shit Happens When School Administrators and the FBI Don't Act on Tips

Without getting into the heated gun debate which will change nobody's opinion, the Florida shooting was preventable.

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.

Message Images

Multisystem Failure

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.”

Questions Abound

  • 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?

Gun Statement

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

Breakdowns Everywhere

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

Comments
Hipponoceros
Hipponoceros

"An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm." Why was Cruz not arrested based on those texts?? Forget questioning and investigating. He committed a freaking crime with those texts. Why was that not acted upon?

Realist
Realist

Hey Cautious; I appreciate that you took the time to check those sites. The number of mass shootings depends on how it is defined. As shown in my post, Mass Shooting Tracker counts incidents with at least four people injured or killed by guns. Official US government numbers only consider it a mass shooting if there are at least four deaths. This causes the number of official mass shootings to be lowered significantly. So, there are still hundreds of mass shootings every year in the US, but apparently they don’t all count because some people are merely injured, not killed. I guess you can use the “official definition” if you want to pretend it’s not so bad.

hmk
hmk

True about gun control no better example is when Obama stated, as he did many times after the California Muslim husband and wife jihad murders, in countries where they have strict gun control these things don't happen. Wow how insightful. I don't understand what happened the following week in France where they have some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. Even many police were disarmed resulting in their unnecessary demise during the Paris attacks. Know in the fake news media happened to question this statement by Obama after that. Gun control works just ask the evil dictators of the 20th century who murdered over 200 million of their own citizens

CautiousObserver
CautiousObserver

Many of the shootings on “Mass Shootings Tracker” appear to be gang related, drug related, or suicide related. I would be interested in knowing what the comparison between countries looks like when one compares those types of homicides overall, whether a gun was used or not.

Regarding “Everytown for Gun Safety,” they state that “From 2009-2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings.” That works out to an average of 22 per year. That’s not a good number, but not hundreds per year either. I cannot immediately find the quote of “64 school shootings in 2015...[including] occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.” I did find on Wikipedia that Michael Bloomberg is the primary sponsor of that group, and his pro-confiscation position on guns is well known.

Also, when I was in middle school many years ago one of students had a parent who was a police officer who demonstrated the difficulty with witness accurately reporting a crime by staging an incident in front of the class that involved gunfire (blanks, presumably). The incident was “an occasion when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.” Just saying...

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