You may or may not be aware of the actual timeline evolution of the incident involving Nikolas Cruz, the shooter who attacked Parkland High School, murdering 17 people.
Sure, there’s speculation following fact shrouded in opinion all over the MSM.
Lots of accusations flying around as to who is at fault, of course, because when unthinkable things like this happen the first thing we, as humans, want to do is lay blame. This has to be someone’s fault, right?
We’re emotional, we’re distraught and we want answers to help us understand and make sense of these things.
Well, the simple truth is, we rarely find Truth, at first. First, we have to wade through the trauma, then the emotions, then the blame, then the onslaught of what could have, should have, would have happened if this or it that, for the purpose of coping and nothing else.
Rarely do any of these initial actions, accusations, blame or reactions actually bring us anything but more questions and chaos. Yet, this is how we are conditioned.
As time moves forward and investigations take place, we then find some of the pieces that help the puzzle come together and give a more clear picture of what truly happened and how it could have been prevented.
This recorded timeline shows events that began as early as February 2016, TWO YEARS AGO when complaints and concerns were made Public concerning Nikolas Cruz and his behavior ….
Feb. 5, 2016: A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is told by an anonymous caller that Nikolas Cruz, then 17, had threatened on Instagram to shoot up his school and posted a photo of himself with guns. The information is forwarded to BSO Deputy Scot Peterson, a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Sept. 23, 2016: A “peer counselor” reports to Peterson that Cruz had possibly ingested gasoline in a suicide attempt, was cutting himself and wanted to buy a gun. A mental health counselor advises against involuntarily committing Cruz. The high school says it will conduct a threat assessment.
Sept. 28, 2016: An investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families rules Cruz is stable, despite “fresh cuts” on his arms. His mother, Lynda Cruz, says in the past he wrote a racial slur against African Americans on his book bag and had recently talked of buying firearms.
Sept. 24, 2017: A YouTube user named “nikolas cruz” posts a comment stating he wants to become a “professional school shooter.” The comment is reported to the FBI in Mississippi, which fails to make the connection to Cruz in South Florida.
Nov. 1, 2017: Katherine Blaine, Lynda Cruz’s cousin, calls BSO to report that Nikolas Cruz had weapons and asks that police recover them. A “close family friend” agrees to take the firearms, according to BSO.
Nov. 29, 2017: The Palm Beach County family that took in Cruz after the death of his mother calls the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office to report a fight between him and their son, 22. A member of the family says that Cruz had threatened to “get his gun and come back” and that he has “put the gun to others’ heads in the past.” The family does not want him arrested once he calms down.
Nov. 30, 2017: A caller from Massachusetts calls BSO to report that Cruz is collecting guns and knives and could be a “school shooter in the making.” A BSO deputy advises the caller to contact the Palm Beach sheriff.
Jan. 5, 2018: A caller to the FBI’s tip line reports that Cruz has “a desire to kill people” and could potentially conduct a school shooting. The information is never passed on to the FBI’s office in Miami.
Feb. 14, 2018: Nikolas Cruz attacks Stoneman Douglas High. Peterson, the school’s resource officer, Scot Peterson, draws his gun outside the building where Cruz is shooting students and staff. He does not enter.
So we see these facts, we know they’re a matter of public record, but what does it all mean..?
First, with revelations of frequent LEO contact and calls from people warning about school shooter Nikolas Cruz, there’s a common narrative mistakenly being pushed by mainstream media.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) didn’t “miss warning signs” or make “mistakes” in not writing up reports. The Sheriff’s office did exactly what their internal policies, procedures and official training required them to do, they intentionally ignored the signs, and intentionally didn’t generate documents. Example:
Miami Herald […] In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz “could be a school shooter in the making” but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons. Two years ago, according to a newly released timeline of interactions with Cruz’s family, a deputy investigated a report that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school” — intelligence that was forwarded to the school’s resource officer, with no apparent result.
What’s important to understand here is that the BSO did not want to report the warnings of Nikolas Cruz, to do so would damage their ongoing policy of NOT Reporting such things and handling those instances, “Internally” which equates to burying them out of sight completely and hoping for the best, in order to protect their reputation.
Now, this reputation is hinged on, MONEY. Yep, the State gave money to reward performance for their districts kids being “on the right path.”
This is all an attempt to cover up the continued cycle of High School Kids going “From-School-To-Prison” as the typical pattern in and around the Broward County School District.
Broward County, the Florida county that used to rank No. 1 at sending students to their state’s juvenile justice system.
The stats troubled Broward County leaders, and they responded with a bold solution: Lower arrests by not making arrests.
After examining juvenile data, a local task force compiled 12 misdemeanor offenses that would no longer be considered police matters. Criminal mischief and vandalism, for example.
The results were quickly positive.
In 2011-12, Broward County officers made 1,062 school-related arrests. That dropped to 392 in 2015-16, putting the rate of school-related arrests among the lowest in the state.
So what we see here is not a decline in behavior, nor do we see a ‘solution’ to the problem of student arrest. What we see is a political move by the School Superintendent and the Broward County LEO’s to make it “appear” the problem had, vanished or been resolved. ~ nice
“We’re not compromising school safety. We’re really saving the lives of kids,” said Michaelle Valbrun-Pope, executive director of Student Support Initiatives for Broward County Public Schools.
Yeh, how’d that work out for you Michaelle..?? Got Cruz?
When the police are hiding current, actual and ongoing unlawful conduct as a matter of standard procedure on a regular basis, what do we expect the police would do with reports of potentially unlawful conduct? Of course, they would ignore them.
(You can read a twitter thread on the multi-year-long enterprise HERE: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/966854507744374784.html)
This is a ReTweet of Jake Tapper from CNN…
This is horrific. “In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making’ but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons.”
Yes, that’s Jake Tapper of CNN actually calling out the BSO for “dropping the ball” the only problem with that is, there was no ball for them to drop. This was intentional, willful and a dereliction of duty to Serve & Protect, especially our most valued resource, our children. And that dereliction fell at the feet of those most trusted with our children, the Superintendent of Schools, The School Board & Local LEO’s in Broward County.
These are the ones with blood on their hands, along with Nikolas Cruz. Make no mistake, Cruz is/Was the shooter, he made the decision to take this action and I will never defend him or his actions but what I will do is call out those who could have, should have, prevented this and did NOTHING for the sake for MONEY.
This is not a “mistake” on their part, the ‘doing nothing’ is part of the standard practice.
♦ Secondly, the 27-minute tape-delay in the CCTV system is not an “accident”, “flaw” or “mistake”. It is entirely by design.
As a standard Broward and Miami-Dade practice, when school law enforcement needs to cover-up or hide behavior, they need time (when that behavior happens) to delete the evidence trail. As such the school policy -as carried out in practice- is more efficient with a 30-minute tape delay affording the school officer enough time to deal with the situation, then erase the possibility of a recording of the unlawful activity surfacing.
Building in a 30-minute delay on the CCTV system was one of those pesky add-on items that happened a few years ago when the School and Law Enforcement officials established the policy of intentionally not arresting students.
(read more here: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/966854507744374784.html)
2013 – Broward announced broad changes designed to mitigate the use of harsh punishments for minor misbehavior at the beginning of this school year. While other districts have amended their discipline codes, prohibited arrests in some circumstances, and developed alternatives to suspension, Broward was able to do all these things at once with the cooperation of a group that included a member of the local NAACP, a school board member, a public defender, a local sheriff, a state prosecutor, and several others. In early November, The Miami Herald reported that suspensions were already down 40 percent and arrests were down 66 percent.
(2013 article link here: http://prospect.org/article/reversing-broward-countys-school-prison-pipeline)
A Broward County School Resource Officer must carry a political hat and be able to intercept behavior, modify his/her action based on a specific policy need, falsify documents, hide evidence, manipulate records and engage inside the system with an understanding of the unwritten goals.
Broward County school law enforcement are given political instructions and carrying out political objectives. They are not, repeat, NOT given law-enforcement instructions.
SRO’s are the prime footmen, the front line of defense for Political Agenda’s NOT for the protection of our Schools or our Children.
If you begin reviewing the downstream consequences with a correct understanding of the originating policy objectives then everything begins to make sense.
Again, from the Miami Herald:
[…] on Nov. 30, an unidentified caller from Massachusetts called to say Cruz was collecting guns and knives. The caller said, “Cruz will kill himself one day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making.”
BSO, however, never even wrote a report on the tip. Internal affairs detectives are now trying to figure out what happened. Deputies Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs are on restricted duty while detectives examine their handling of the two potential school shooter tips. After the shooting, the tipster was re-interviewed and said BSO told him to report Cruz to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s, as the teen was then living in the neighboring county.
(again, read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article201636649.html)
So, of course, the BSO and the School District paid no head and made no reports of the behavior reported to them of one Nikolas Cruz.
Yet from the Washington Post back in 2016, we find…
[School Police Officer Scot] Peterson is mentioned as part of a 2016 social services agency investigation into Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman. According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report detailing that investigation, Peterson was approached by investigators and “refused to share any information … regarding [an] incident that took place with” the teenager.
That same year, the sheriff’s office revealed Thursday, it was told about “third-hand information” from a “neighbor’s son” suggesting that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school,” although the specific school was not listed. The sheriff’s office said a deputy contacted the caller, determined that Cruz had knives and a BB gun and sent the information to the school resource officer — presumably Peterson. It is unclear whether he investigated.
So what have we learned from all of this….
- our children’s safety comes second to the image need to make it seem as though our schools are not failing our children
- We would prefer to blame the gun, the NRA, video games, etc as opposed to addressing the issue
- We find it alright to protect our money with armed security but not our children
- We have been lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to our children being in school
- Our LEO’s in collusion with our school districts have chosen to put our children at risk as opposed to addressing school safety/security
- The MSM is pretty much complicit with these actions, bringing on coached students to plead the case for gun control as opposed to exposing the truth.
The list goes on and on and yet, so do the cries for shutting down the NRA and banning “assault weapons” which is a catch phrase which means nothing, but somehow makes us feel better and morally superior.
I’m not certain how gun free zones play into this…
I’m kidding, I know exactly how they play into this. A Gun Free Zone is an open target waiting to be exploited, removing such stupidity as Gun Free Zones in the Country of the 2nd Amendment is ludicrous, since they shouldn’t exist in the first place.
Blaming the guns, gun culture, society, the NRA, is an act of futility wrapped in a blanket of moral ambiguity, simply designed to feign some sense of emotional resolution to a horrific instance which in all logical reality could have and should have been prevented.
The signs were there. The flags waved high. There were bright, neon signs all over Nikolas Cruz, but in the interest of our image to seem like a better school district, and to keep receiving them government funds, those signs were IGNORED by the very institutions charged with protecting and safeguarding our children.
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