The Valentine’s Day Massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has been a driving force behind the incredibly unintelligible narrative of the liberal left in recent months, but that could be changing any moment.
Nikolas Cruz, the perpetrator of the tragedy, is a young man who was wholly unable to recognize his own mental illness before it drove him to commit 17 counts of murder on February 14th. The deranged young man quickly admitted to police after his capture that his shooting rampage was being directed by demonic voices that only Cruz himself could hear.
Now, if you are having a hard time believing that someone with such severe derangements could navigate our society without being detected, you are not alone. In fact, Cruz’s strange behavior was reported to the FBI and other local authorities in the weeks before his murder spree, yet the federal agency completely ignored this information.
In a statement, the FBI said “a person close to” Cruz called the agency’s public tip line on Jan. 5 and left information on Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”
The tip should have been “assessed as a potential threat to life” and forwarded to the bureau’s Miami field office for investigation. “We have determined that these protocols were not followed,” the agency said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in that statement that the bureau is trying to figure out how the mistake occurred, particularly because the bureau asks the public to “be vigilant” against threats and share them with authorities.
Now, new information has come to light that shows Cruz as being again failed by the system around him, this time detailing his involvement with an Obama-era program that was meant to help identify such threats and subdue them.
Broward school district officials admitted Sunday that the confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman was assigned to a controversial disciplinary program, after the superintendent repeatedly claimed Nikolas Cruz had “no connection” to the alternative punishment designed to limit on-campus arrests.Two sources with knowledge of Cruz’s discipline records told WLRN he was referred to the so-called PROMISE Program for a three-day stint after committing vandalism at Westglades Middle School in 2013.
When asked for a response, a spokeswoman for Superintendent Robert Runcie stated on Friday that district administrators were aggressively analyzing Cruz’s records. Then Tracy Clark said on Sunday afternoon the district had “confirmed” Cruz’s referral to PROMISE after he vandalized a bathroom at the middle school on Nov. 25, 2013.
The PROMISE program allows students who commit certain misdemeanors — there’s an official list of 13 — at school to avoid getting involved with the criminal justice system. Instead, they attend the alternative school, where they receive counseling and other support.
And here is where the Obama controversy raises its ugly head:
President Obama was supportive of Broward’s PROMISE program and encouraged other school districts to adopt similar policies in federal guidance in 2014. But the program pre-dated Obama’s focus on reforming school discipline.
Some have claimed the program was funded with federal dollars through Obama’s signature Race To The Top competitive grant program. Broward officials said the program is funded completely with the district’s own funds, not including any federal funding, but did not provide a detailed breakdown of the program’s budget or its overall annual cost upon request.
These claims are dubious at best, and have spurred a number of investigation’s into the school’s already questionable choices in their disciplinary tactics.