The younger brother of Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was arrested Monday.
Zachary Cruz, 18, was detained by police for trespassing on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school grounds after being warned to stay away, the Associated Press reports. The younger Cruz claimed he was there to “reflect” on last month’s massacre.
Security cameras recorded the teenager riding his skateboard on campus at approximately 4:30 pm on Monday. A report by Broward Sheriff’s Office said the younger Cruz had received warnings to stay away from the school.
“Defendant Cruz surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds,” a deputy’s report cited by the Miami Herald read.
Cruz was allegedly there to “reflect on the shooting and to soak it in.”
According to the Palm Beach Post, Cruz underwent a mental evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act following his brother’s alleged crime.
He told police officers that he had said “I don’t want to be alive. I don’t want to deal with this stuff” in a conversation with his caretaker, Rocxanne Deschamps, upon hearing what his brother had done.
Cruz denied to law enforcement that he wanted to harm or kill himself. He has expressed remorse for having bullied his older brother and has been seen shedding tears at hearings for Nikolas Cruz.
Many observers were perplexed that the younger Cruz was able to bypass security and trespass on school property.
Looks like Cruz’ brother Zachary just passed all locked doors and gates and was roaming around your HS this afternoon.. how can that be??
— Latina USA ?????? (@LATINAUSA22) March 20, 2018
Forget the fact that Zachary Cruz is he brother of the mass shooter.
How could ANYONE trespass in a school after that?
Where the hell is he Security?
It should be near IMPOSSIBLE to trespass into that school
— ??TRUMP USA?? (@Trump2Usa) March 20, 2018
Someone pls explain to me how I am suppose to feel safe at school when Cruz’s brother was just arrested for trespassing even though “there is more security now than ever.” I have a tough time focusing as it is- staring at the door all day long & brainstorming places I could hide https://t.co/hhTPI0EgUn
— Tar? #neveragain (@taragainess) March 20, 2018
How the hell did Zachary Cruz get on Douglas campus ?
— brooke (@triggeredbrooke) March 20, 2018
Robert Runcie, Broward Schools Superintendent, downplayed security concerns.
“It wasn’t some breach of security,” he told the Sun Sentinel. He came through whatever gate was open at the time. Somebody spotted him and reported him to BSO. They responded quickly.”
“It’s kind of odd, and I understand it does creep people out,” Runcie added.