Transcripts of a phone call warning the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Nikolas Cruz - the haunting shooter of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - show that the bureau was made fully aware of his intentions ahead of time - and failed to act resulting in seventeen innocent lives being lost.
The transcripts, which were obtained by the<a href="http://archive.is/8C6C8#selection-2199.40-2199.81"> Wall Street Journal</a>, paint a portrait of a madman driven over the edge, who had the intent to kill and a desire to make others suffer.
That friend of Nikolas Cruz, who is reported as being a "close confidant" of the now infamous mass shooter, told the FBI tip line that she was deeply concerned Cruz would "get into a school and just shoot the place up," according to the transcripts and the WSJ report.
The FBI has been facing enormous criticisms as of late from both sides of the political spectrum, with the majority of Trump supporters shaking their heads with a sense of "I told you so," after the repeated failures of the FBI and the criminal conspiracies surrounding former FBI Director James Comey and his ilk.
With the FBI having acknowledged receiving this phone last week, it's infuriated the gun control advocates as well as the students of Pearland, suggesting that had they chosen to act prior to this tragedy their friends would still be alive.
In some sense, they're probably right.
Nikolas Cruz was a mentally unstable kid. There's just no denying this. His home life was a living hell, and his past was one of great suffering.
That being said, the FBI knew. They were told. They chose to ignore the call, and the blood of the innocent will forever stain the agency. There should be terminations, and the FBI Director himself should resign. There's no room for failures that cause this type of senseless slaying inside of the land of the free.
In the call to the FBI, the female associate of Nikolas Cruz told the agency he had a mentality of a twelve to a fourteen-year-old boy.
The caller also said Cruz posted several threat-like messages to social media such as Instagram, where he talked about suicide. She claims she contacted local police about this, but it's crystal clear as a result of the tragedy they also failed to act.
How many warning signs does law enforcement need? The school was also aware of behavioral problems involving Cruz, and they failed to seek out or recommend proper mental health evaluations.
There are so many people to cast blame on, and so much failure on the behalf of law enforcement… But the reality is the fault of the shooting lay solely upon the actions of Cruz himself.
Still, those dropped bombs exploded, and could have been diffused had the FBI, police, and school acted further prior.
In the conversation the caller had with the FBI she said from once wanting to kill himself, Cruz "switched it so he wants to kill people," according to the transcripts.
The unidentified female clearly knew that something wasn't right about Cruz, and she tried to prevent this travesty from occurring.
Something is gonna happen," she said. "Because he's, he doesn't have the mental capacity. He can't, he's so outraged if someone talks to him about certain things."
The WSJ reports her as telling a story about Cruz harming animals, and once dissecting a frog, a telltale sign of a future killer. She goes on to tell the story of Cruz killing a bird.
"He brought the bird into the house," she stated. "He threw it on his mother's kitchen counter and he started cutting it up. He has all kinds of hunting knives. I don't know what knife he used, though. And he started cutting the bird up, and his mother…said, ‘What're you doing?' And he says, ‘I want to see what's inside.'"
She goes on to say, "That to me would be a red flag."
I'm not sure who answered the call at the FBI when she said this, but if this wasn't handled or at minimal investigated afterward? You have to have some kind of accountability inside the agency for this failure. For me, it should be leadership resignations.
She tells of a life insurance policy Cruz was set to accumulate $25,000 on, that she believed he'd spend on firearms. Whoever this girl was, she was clearly close to Nikolas Cruz, enough so to have these details.
In response to these failures of the FBI, the agency released a statement where they admitted failure in response to Cruz.
The caller also gave the FBI several of Cruz's social media handles and usernames urging them to investigate his posts, but again, the FBI didn't finish the job.
"Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life," the FBI said. "The information they should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken."
With the news also floating around the failures of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, one certainly has to demand changes in both leadership and protocol for similar calls and reports in the future.
Everyone should have done more, there's zero doubt. Cruz won't be the last either, there will be others, like Cruz, who are driven to the point of no return.
We can simply hope that prior to another tragedy, law enforcement, family, friends, anyone who knows the next would-be killer, come forth with information. We must also hope that these agencies do more, to stop such a tragedy as that of Parkland.
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