Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they made a decision to have him forcibly committed more than a year before the shootings.
At the time when school officials said they would initiate Baker Act commitment proceedings against Mr. Cruz, he apparently did not own any weapon other than a pellet gun.
Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder, as well as 17 counts of attempted murder.
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People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people in Parkland, Fla. on February 14.
There were also reportedly calls made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation which raised concerns about Cruz, in particular, that he had the potential to carry out an attack at his school.
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Mr. DiRuzzo did not immediately respond on Sunday to questions about Mr. Peterson's decision in 2016 not to pursue a Baker Act commitment of Mr. Cruz.
Despite the warnings and recommendations regarding Cruz's state of mental health, there's no evidence that he was ever committed.
An involuntary commitment for a mental health examination, as was recommended, could act as a complete barrier towards buying a gun.
The brother of Nikolas Cruz, Zachary Cruz (center) leaves the courtroom after his brother's arraignment on March 14 in a frame grab provided by WSVN-TV. Cruz admitted he did so over his failed relationship, according to documents.
He had been warned by school officials to keep away from the school, the report said.
In the Henderson Behavioral Health documents, Cruz's mother Lynda is quoted as saying she had fresh concerns about her son's mental state after he punched holes in a wall at their home in Parkland. The alleged trespassing was captured on CCTV, the report states. He faces the death penalty if convicted.
The Cruz brothers both stayed with friends in Lantana, in Palm Beach County, Fla., after their mother died.