Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police

School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police

Nikolas Cruz was transferred between schools six times in three years for a string of disciplinary incidents, but he could not be legally expelled, a report said. The FBI linked the January call to the report of the YouTube comment, but an FBI intake specialist and a supervisor at the call centre took no further action, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office said Friday.

The caller added that Cruz may have had weapons at a friend's house and that he had moved from Parkland to Lake Worth, which is in nearby Palm Beach County.

Cruz told the deputy he had been angry because he misplaced a photo of his recently deceased mother, and he apologized for losing his temper.

According to the Post, a November 28 sheriff's report noted a woman identified as Rocxanne Deschamps, who was helping out Cruz, said he told her that he recently had bought a gun and was going out to get it and "tons of ammo". "He has put the gun to others heads in the past".

The Herald obtained Cruz's disciplinary reports which show that "at Westglades Middle School, which he attended in 2013, he'd been cited numerous times for disrupting class, unruly behavior, insulting or profane language, profanity toward staff, disobedience and other rules violations". While his younger brother Zachary remained at that home, Cruz returned to Broward County to live with a friend, and stayed at the Pompano Beach home of James and Kimberly Snead.

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An attorney for the family that Cruz was living with told the Miami Herald that Cruz told them of about an $800,000 inheritance from his mother that he was supposed to receive when he turned 22. The only people in attendance were the two sons, Gold, and Deschamps, he said. Not a tear. Not an emotion. "That nearly upset him more than her death".

The teen who turned 18 last week had been undergoing psychiatric evaluation at a mental hospital in the days after his brother's deadly massacre
The teen who turned 18 last week had been undergoing psychiatric evaluation at a mental hospital in the days after his brother's deadly massacre

"[He] called me a n--r multiple times", Sabadini said. It was a complete lie. "Here's this poor kid, and his mother dies, and not a soul shows up", Gold said.

Gold said he'd known Cruz for more than eight years.

The next time Palm Beach deputies visited the Deschamps home was on February 14, in the frantic hours after the school shooting. "Nikolas is reported to have rifles and it is requested that (deputies) recover these weapons", the dispatcher noted from the call.

In the wake of the Valentine's Day mass shooting, there has been intense public scrutiny of why Cruz was not identified as an imminent threat despite his encounters with law enforcement.

The tips were among a series of what authorities now describe as the clearest missed warning signs that Cruz, who had a history of disturbing behaviour, posed a serious threat.

Separately, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about a YouTube commenter named Nikolas Cruz, who wrote: "Im going to be a professional school shooter".

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