#SchoolShooter Nikolaus Cruz Fell Through Many Cracks

#SchoolShooter Nikolaus Cruz Fell Through Many Cracks

#SchoolShooter Nikolaus Cruz Fell Through Many Cracks

Yesterday, Victory Girls’ Deanna Fisher gave you the winners of The Ghoul Olympics, those who ran to the cameras to blame Republicans, guns and the NRA while the bodies of the children murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were still warm. Read Deanna’s piece here. Today, as a picture emerges of Nikolaus Cruz, the monstrous ghoulishness of the Democrat gun control nuts becomes more obvious.

Nikolaus Cruz the Florida School Shooter

The picture that emerges of the Florida shooter should make us all very angry at the “Gun Free School Zone” fascists, the inept school security and our failing mental health system. Nearly two decades after the Columbine High School shootings and five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings nothing has changed. Not a blasted thing. Want to see how much nothing has changed? Check out the two photos below:

Children leaving Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago
Students leaving the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday

To quote the late and great Yogi Berra, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Check out this homemade video of Cruz:

Looks like one deranged, sick ticket.

So, just was is the picture that is emerging of Nikolaus Cruz? Tragic. He told the world what he wanted to be when he grew up. From Sky News:

Soon after the arrest of the suspect, YouTuber Ben Bennight recounted an apparent run-in with Cruz on his account.

The vlogger said an account in the same name as the suspect left a comment on one of his videos several months ago saying he wanted to be a “professional school shooter”.

Mr Bennight, who runs the account Benthebondsman, reported the comment to the FBI, who interviewed him about it. He said he received a call from FBI agents after Cruz’s arrest, but the agency has not confirmed this.

And he lost both his parents. His mother died only three months ago:

Cruz and his biological brother Zachary were adopted by Lynda Cruz and her husband when they moved from Long Island to Broward County.

His adoptive father, Roger, died of a heart attack several years ago. His mother died of pneumonia in November last year, aged 68.

He went to live with a family friend, but was unhappy there and moved in with a friend and his family in northwest Broward.

And, from Time.com:

Broward County Mayor Beam Furr told CNN the suspected shooter was getting treatment from a mental health clinic for a period of time. “It wasn’t like there wasn’t concern for him,” Furr said. “We try to keep our eyes out on those kids who aren’t connected … Most teachers try to steer them toward some kind of connections. … In this case, we didn’t find a way to connect with this kid.”

Additional reports indicate that Cruz was prohibited from carrying a backpack on school grounds, expelled from school, killed animals and was obsessed with guns. And, you can take this to the bank, nothing will be done in our schools. Not a blasted thing. Schools will remain “gun free zones”. Politicians will call for more gun laws. Mental health will not be taken seriously. And, worst of all, this will happen again.

If I were the benevolent and all-wise Empress of the Universe, what steps would I take:

1. Armed school resource officer at every school.

2. Gun safety classes in middle school.

3. Video cameras strategically placed outside and inside school with dedicated security personnel.

4. After first bell, all doors at school locked from the outside. Video confirmation before admittance.

5. Mandatory mental illness reporting. Teachers are mandatory reporters for abuse, why not mental illness.

6. Finally, martial arts classes in physical education. Learning to grab another person is difficult (I know), if kids learned basic martial arts in school, they would be more empowered.

Alas, this isn’t my world. The professional politicians don’t want real answers. The professional politicians raise money on the issues not the solutions. I know that most people think that Nikolaus Cruz was/is evil. That may be true and since he survived, he may give us some answers. We cannot stop all tragedies, but we can fill in a few of cracks that he fell through.

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  • Wyldkat says:

    I’ll agree with #’s 1,2 & 6.

    #3 has too much potential for abuse. These are schools, not jails.
    #4 is already happening in my area. It creates a problem when a parent needs to drop of things (like medication) for students or picking them up for doctor’s appointments.
    #5 … teachers are not trained mental health professionals. We do not need to add to their burden. Let them focus on their job – teaching. Also, things that seem “normal” to you and me might not be “normal” to someone else.

    “Reporting” doesn’t lead to help it leads to stigmatizing and labeling. Reporting also has too great a potential to be abused. Some official could decide that “wrong thinking” (things like believing that we have the right to free speech, the right to have a religion, the right to keep and bear arms) was a sign of mental illness, and report it. BAM – you’re labeled as troubled, in need of *STATE* help.

    If someone gets labeled as “troubled” when they are dealing with a temporary issues, it can end up following them for the rest of their life. They become branded. A person who is mildly depressive could be “reported”, labeled as “troubled” and bared from certain jobs. This person is not dangerous to you or me, but they would still end up branded with a scarlet letter.

    No, the state has no business “reporting” mental illness and labeling people.

    • Kim Quade says:

      School doors should absolutely be locked. Period.

      I’m a speech pathologist who has worked for decades with a child population, both in public schools and in the private sector. For over 20 years EVERY school building I have served — both public and parochial— has been locked. You simply buzz to get in. Personnel are always given entry codes, and often parents are given codes as well.

      Locking doors helps to keep out not only criminals, but more often the non-custodial parent who wants to illegally remove a child.

      Parents need to pick up a child for a dental appointment? Ring the damn buzzer.

  • GWB says:

    If I were the benevolent and all-wise Empress of the Universe, what steps would I take
    While I agree mostly with your post, the problem with your list is it is still defensive. It’s still about hunkering down and fending off the barbarians that are outside the perimeter.

    I’m not sure it can be done, but a return to a less legalistic, less PC world would help immensely. The removal of stupid ideas like “punish both students for fighting” would reorient attitudes toward who was actually at fault. Which would encourage actually dealing with problems, instead of simply pushing them outside your sphere of influence.
    And the bit about “connecting” them to “resources”. *smh* How about forcing them into dealing with their problem?
    Get rid of “zero tolerance” in its current incarnation, and do real zero tolerance for actual bad behavior.

  • Dave L. says:

    #4 is really practical at a lot of schools, based simply on architecture. The high school I attended (Livermore HS in Livermore, CA if you want to look it up on google maps) is a wonderful example of suburban sprawl, consisting of more than a dozen buildings, plus athletic fields, spread over a area of a couple of city blocks. The school is over 100 years old and grew and evolved, rather than being built all at once. Locking down access would be impractical, short of walling off campus like a medieval town. From my memory of visiting neighboring schools during football season, many other schools in the area have similar architectural challenges.

    As far as making teachers reporters for mental health issues, reporting students with mental health issues only accomplishes anything if the person is treated and/or properly medicated (and those medications can sometimes cause problems rather than solving them). Oftentimes, (and the Parkland shooter appears to be one of those cases), the person will not voluntarily get (or continue) treatment/counseling and/or medication. Forcing them to do so requires institutionalizing them (i.e., putting them in mental health prison) and this, rightly, requires due process to do. That due process, though, quite often requires that the person commit some overt act that shows them to be a danger to themselves or others. And how often is the first act that crosses that threshold to start killing people?

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