Mishandling of Tip About FL Shooter Is 'Unforgivable — Former FBI Official

Elias Hubbard
February 18, 2018

Pupil Emma Gonzalez made a teary and impassioned plea in front of the crowd and cameras, with a message to U.S. authorities and politicians that "we call BS" - on claims that stricter gun control would not stop mass shootings.

Funerals were held on Friday for two teenagers killed in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. "This was a highly calculated and premeditated murder of 17 people and the attempted murder of everyone in that school".

Survivors of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and teachers, have called for tougher gun laws in the country and and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose the move, the media reported.

The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the carnage happened.

She addressed politicians, saying to those who take campaign donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA): "Shame on you". "We call BS", she cried with the crowd screaming along with the final word. "They've had a bunch of threats after the shooting happened and she's scared to go to school".

Speno said he knew Cruz from elementary school and described him as "an evil kid" who was "always getting in trouble".

Ms Gonzalez began her speech with a moment of silence for the 17 victims, familiar faces to many at the rally, who did not return home from school on Wednesday.

An image posted on Twitter by Nikolas Cruz.

One report in particular, from January 15, 2013, stands out for showing the then-14-year-old's volatile temper. "Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms". Mr Wray said the agency was still reviewing what went wrong. "It is unknown what he is buying the gun for".

During that visit, the mom also told cops that Nikolas had a "history of developmental and learning disabilities", including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and was "increasingly irate".

"Something wasn't right about him", Speno told CNN. Cruz had been expelled from the high school for undisclosed disciplinary reasons and former classmates described him as an outcast and troublemaker with a fascination for weaponry.

Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign, after the FBI admitted it received a tip about the suspect in the Parkland shooting as recently as January, but failed to follow through on it.

A YouTube user told CBS News he reported a post that he believes was from the suspect to the Federal Bureau of Investigation back in September.

Some people in online posts called for a Civil Rights-era style boycott of schools until gun laws are changed.

The agency said that while that information should have been forwarded to the Miami FBI field office, it was not, and no further investigation was conducted. The startling admission came as the agency was already facing criticism for its treatment of a tip about a YouTube comment posted previous year.

"My kid is dead", he said.

"The fact that the FBI is investigating this failure is not enough".

"It is inexcusable that the FBI failed to follow protocols and inform the Miami Field Office that people close to the Parkland, FL shooter warned the bureau over a month ago of his desire to kill, his mental state, and erratic behavior", Rubio said in a statement.

There were 20 calls for service over the past "few years" pertaining to Cruz, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Cruz is now charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and is being held without bail.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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