REPORT: School Recommended Threat Assessment On Nikolas Cruz Around A Year Ago

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School administrators recommended a threat assessment for Nikolas Cruz back in January 2017, according to a Friday report.

Cruz, the troubled 19-year-old who was charged with 17 counts of premeditated shooting and killing on Feb. 14., was recommended to undergo a threat assessment by school officials, according to records Local 10 News obtained. The Parkland, Fla., high school administrators were aware and concerned about Cruz’s behavior from at least a year ago, the New York Post reported.

“We received no warning, no hints, no tips,” Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runcie said, according to Local 10 News. “There was no warning that we saw,” he added.

The Valentine’s day killer was involved in another assault Jan. 19, 2017, and transferred out of the school Feb. 8, 2017. He faced 25 disciplinary actions over his 16-month period as a high school student. Records also availed school officials were apprised of Cruz’s disciplinary problems dating back to 2012.

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It is unclear if the school board conducted the assessment due to privacy concerns, board spokesman Tracy Clarke told Local 10 News.

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