Recommendation to have suspected Stoneman Douglas shooter never acted on

Recommendation to have suspected Stoneman Douglas shooter never acted on

New details are emerging about the Florida school shooting suspect, as some school officials and a sheriff's deputy wanted Nicolas Cruz to be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation in 2016 under Florida's Baker Act.

Officials in Parkland, Florida, were so anxious about Nikolas Cruz's mental stability that they decided he should be forcibly committed. The sheriff's deputy at the school, Scot Peterson, told a clinician that he wanted to initiate a Baker Act request against Cruz anyway, the records show, and two school counselors agreed. Calls had even been made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the possibility of Cruz using a gun at school.

On the day of the shooting, Peterson was stationed outside as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's resource officer.

School officials had previously recommended accused Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz should be institutionalized but never acted upon it before the massacre that killed 17 people last month, documents say.

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Such an involuntary commitment would also have been a high obstacle if not a complete barrier to legally obtaining a firearm, such as the AR-15 rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas massacre on February 14, authorities say.

Calls for Florida teen Nikolas Cruz to be put in a mental hospital were ignored more than a year before he gunned down 17 former classmates and teachers.

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Despite the warnings and recommendations regarding Cruz's state of mental health, there's no evidence that he was ever committed.

When Cruz went to purchase the firearm, Weinstein explained that even if he lied about his mental health history, "hopefully the verification of the form would have pulled up the commitment paperwork".

The revelation that school officials considered trying to commit Cruz under the Baker Act in 2016 appeared to be another in a string of missed opportunities to deal with the troubled young man.

Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others. The clinic sent a mobile assistance team to Stoneman Douglas High on September 28, 2016, the records show, because Cruz had made threats and exhibited disturbing behavior after a breakup with a girlfriend.

According to one such document obtained by AP, Cruz "reports that he cut his arms 3-4 weeks ago and states that this is the only time he has ever cut". Reports say his grades had fallen.

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