Psych files on Parkland killer show red-flag history – and many years of therapy, intervention

Psych files on Parkland killer show red-flag history – and many years of therapy, intervention
A selfie that Nikolas Cruz posted to Instagram

[Ed. – One thing these files make clear is that absolutely no one who could have intervened was unaware of Cruz’s erratic, unstable behavior.  The Herald presumably shouldn’t have these files, but in this case it’s hard to fault the paper for publishing information from them.  The public needs to understand the extent to which Cruz was “in the system.” He didn’t escape the system’s notice somehow.  His outcome IS a product of the system.  It is truly astonishing that it seemed to have occurred to no one to make sure he’d be flagged in NICS and unable to legally buy guns once he turned 18.  He talked about them all the time!]

Nearly four years before school shooter Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 students and educators at a Parkland high school, he confided in a therapist that he saw himself in a dream drenched in human blood.

A May 3, 2014, notation in a Broward County schools psychiatric file said Cruz “reported [a dream] last week of him killing people and covered in blood. He smiled and told the therapist that sometimes he says things for shock value.” …

School administrators spoke with Lynda Cruz in the months that followed about their mutual concerns about Cruz’s desire to own a gun and take shooting lessons. The therapist, a Sept. 23, 2014, notation said, “shared concerns with parent about his obsession with guns/military and his poor anger control.” The note also cited concerns over the possibility that Cruz would “deploy aggressive behaviors at home.” …

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Under the heading “What my perfect summer would be,” Cruz wrote about “buying some type of gun and shooting at targets that I set up with large amounts of ammo just for fun for hours,” stopping only when he got bored or ran out of ammunition. Cruz said he also wanted to get a job and make money “so I can get things that I want for myself [instead] of come to this time wasting school that support stuped [sic] selfish children that I don’t care about and gets in the way of my chances of leaving this place.”

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