Marjory Stoneman High School: The shooting that could have been avoided
On Feb. 15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a former student entered the school opened fire with an AR-15. The suspect is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. 17 students were killed, 14 others were wounded, five with fatal injuries.
This event could have been anticipated as Nikolas Cruz left many warning signs all over multiple social media platforms. The FBI released a statement revealing a call about Cruz showing concern for his erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.
Cruz’s former classmate said he would introduce himself as a “school shooter.” This enough should of drawn a lot of attention to Cruz and his mental health.
Cruz had left a comment on a youtube video saying “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” and also posted pictures of guns that he bought legally.
The FBI admitted to not following the proper protocols after receiving this tip and released this statement, “Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life,” the FBI statement said. “We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on Jan. 5.”
The consequences were tragic and unavoidable a month and ten days after the tip was called in. The tip should have been relayed to the Miami Field office. They could have sterilized the situation weeks before and, in terms, stopped a fatal shooting and the meaningless deaths.
An employee recognized Cruz as he was entering the school and told a colleague that he was “walking purposefully” towards the school. The school started the day off with a fire drill. Later, as Cruz entered, he triggered another fire alarm. This should have alerted the school as they did not plan on another.
Both of these warnings should have raised an eyebrow with the schools staff as the student, that they recognized, had been expelled from the school for disclosed reasons.
Of course, no school should need to readily be prepared for such an atrocious crime.
Teachers acted quick as they shortly realized it was not a fire drill as the shots from an AR-15 rang out in the hallways of Building 12 on the north side of their campus.
Teachers fit as many students as they could behind barricades of desks and removed themselves away from the windows as well as they could.
Assistant football coach Aaron Feis, one of the 17 killed, will forever be an American hero as he went as far as shielding students from the gun fire and giving his own life to save his students.