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New report finds school had denied Parkland shooter special-needs counseling he’d been getting since he was 3

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While Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivor David Hogg and other misguided left-wing activists like him wasted their time Saturday protesting outside the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Virginia, the rest of America spent their day digesting the truth.

And that truth was that the shooting committed last February by suspect Nikolas Cruz at the high school in Parkland, Florida, likely had nothing to do with the NRA and everything to do with the Broward County Public Schools district’s incompetence.

According to a redacted report reviewed by the Sun-Sentinel, the district had refused to provide Cruz with continued special-needs protections after he turned 18 in September of 2016, despite his lengthy history of mental problems.

The report reportedly states that when Cruz turned 18 during his junior year at Stoneman Douglas High School, education specialists with the district incorrectly informed him that he was not entitled to special-needs protections at the school anymore. Florida law says otherwise.

The specialists told Cruz he could either transfer to a special-needs school, sue the district or remain at Stoneman Douglas sans the counseling and treatment he’d been receiving since he was three. He opted to remain at the school and fend for himself without any counseling.

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By February of the following year, Cruz was performing so badly in school that the district transferred him to the Riverside Off Campus Learning Center at Taravella High School, where students must essentially teach themselves course material via the Internet.

Two months later he changed his mind, deciding that he’d like to try out the special-needs school after all, but the district reportedly ignored his request, leaving him to fend for himself at Riverside.

The report notes that Cruz continued being tossed around to different schools and facilities til Nov. 1, when his mother unexpectedly died. He subsequently left school altogether, thus giving up his dream of ever graduating, and went on to commit the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas three months later.

Pieced together, the information from this report makes it clear that the Broward County Public Schools district failed Cruz on multiple levels. While this doesn’t excuse his actions, it does suggest that the shooting may have been averted had the district simply done its job. But Hogg was too busy virtue-signaling outside the NRA’s headquarters Saturday to care for such facts:

As of Sunday morning Hogg had not mentioned the report once on social media. Instead he remained busy touting left-wing talking points and urging liberals like him to vote in November. Just like every other Democrat, he appears more interested in playing the dirty “game of politics” than addressing the actual facts, let alone solving any actual problems.

Vivek Saxena

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