Nikolas Cruz calmly slipped away after murdering 17 people at a Florida high school due to a series of epic screw-ups on multiple levels, starting with the FBI, the school board, and local police.
When Cruz started gunning down former schoolmates at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, the armed security guard on duty, Scot Peterson, never went into the building once he learned a shooter was inside.
Video footage showed Peterson outside the building where the rampage occurred but he “never went in.” Peterson, a former sheriff’s deputy, has since resigned after being suspended without pay.
CBS News confirmed this image of Scot Peterson (from 2015).
Peterson resigned today after being suspended without pay. He was an armed sheriff's deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who Sheriff Israel says stayed outside and never went in to confront the shooter. pic.twitter.com/YpsYJLN5jw
— Marty Lebel (@MartyCBS) February 23, 2018
Moreover, the security cameras at the high school were on a 20-minute delay, so law enforcement was unable to locate Nikolas Cruz due to the delayed timing of the footage they relied on.
For almost half an hour after Cruz had already left the high school, police were still looking for him inside the building because security cameras indicated that’s where he was, the Sun Sentinel reported. The cameras are controlled by the local school board and not by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
“[The video cameras were] delayed 20 minutes, and nobody told us that,” said Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi.
While liberals are demanding gun control after the Parkland shooting, millions of Americans are wondering why the local police ignored repeated calls alerting them to Cruz’s mental instability and homicidal tendencies.
Local police had received 23 calls to Cruz’s home since 2008, but failed to tag him as a threat. Shockingly, authorities received a tip one week before Cruz’s Valentine’s Day massacre, stating the following:
“Third hand information received from neighbor’s son that Nikolas Cruz planned to shoot up the school on Instagram [Picture of juvenile w/guns] one month time delay. Unknown high school. Cruz lives in the area.
Deputy responded. Made contact with caller who wished to remain anonymous. Determined Nikolas Cruz possessed knives and a BB gun. Information forwarded to Stoneman Douglas school Resource Officer.”
On November 30, 2017, local Florida authorities received this call, according to police records:
“Caller advised subject Nikolas Cruz is collecting guns and knives. Cruz wants to join the Army. Concerned he will kill himself one day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making. Caller advised Cruz was no longer living at the listed Parkland address and is now living in Lake Worth, FL. Believes the weapons are kept at a friend’s house at an unknown location.
Deputy contact caller (located in Massachusetts) via telephone. No report was initiated. Post MSD incident interview: Deputy advised he referred caller to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.”
The cascading layers of comical incompetence and negligence don’t stop there. The FBI also failed to follow up on repeated credible tips they received warning them that Cruz was homicidal, mentally disturbed, and in possession of deadly weapons.
Meanwhile in Washington, two FBI officials had time to exchange more than 50,000 texts mocking President Trump while failing to find a scintilla of evidence linking his 2016 campaign to Russian collusion.
After 18 months of expensive, taxpayer-funded investigations, special counsel Robert Mueller — who was FBI director before, during, and after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — has still produced no evidence of collusion.
Signs of a potential school shooter:
1) Tells people online that he’s going to be a school shooter
2) Messages classmates with death threats
3) Parents report that he has “put a gun to others’ heads in past.”
4) Authorities visit 39 times, 2 FBI tips
YET FBI DID NOTHING.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 22, 2018
Your institutions failed you at every level. Now, let them disarm you and protect you.
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) February 23, 2018
Were there any adults who didn’t fail?
The FBI failed.
Local police failed.
The security officer failed.
The people who set up the video feed failed.
Seventeen lives never should have been lost. https://t.co/1aYZUi6wU5
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 23, 2018
I teach 5th grade and the reality is they are already training me to barricade my room, place myself in a strategic position and grab any available implement as a weapon. I’d rather have a gun than a protractor.
— Christy (@SoulsPerch) February 23, 2018
If this report checks out, then — combined with all the missed warning signs — I truly can’t think of a more shameful law enforcement failure in modern American history. pic.twitter.com/M48S3tUxkN
— David French (@DavidAFrench) February 23, 2018
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