Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Troopers to patrol at Florida school where massacre happened

Troopers to patrol at Florida school where massacre happened

Broward schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told the Sun-Sentinel that the district might extend the extra security, which is on duty during the day until 6 p.m.in light of Zachary Cruz's arrest.

Following the February 14 massacre carried out by Nikolas Cruz, a former student, one teacher said an email had circulated among staff letting them know Cruz should not be permitted to wear a backpack on school grounds.

Scott ordered "immediate action be taken to require an armed law enforcement officer to secure every point of entry" at the Parkland high school, offering to provide FHP officers "until a more permanent safety plan can be put into place". To do so, he bypassed the locked doors and gates of the campus and ignored previous warnings by school officials to stay off the property, officials said. Deputies said he had been warned to keep away from the school campus. He did not resist arrest, and the report made no mention of any weapons.

In his letter on Wednesday, Runcie also outlined other steps the district was taking across county schools, such as evaluating "code red" active-shooter protocols and drills, and upgrading surveillance camera systems.

BSO encourages everyone to continue reporting any suspected threats by calling 954-764-HELP (4357) or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477). "They responded quickly. It's kind of odd, and I understand [Zachary's appearance] does creep people out".

"I explained to Nikolas that I was concerned about my young child and I could not have him be around loaded guns or any weapons where bullets could be placed in guns", she said in her first public comments since the shooting. "I don't want to deal with this stuff", Zachary told Roxanne, according to a police report.

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Zachary Cruz crying as his brother, Nikolas Cruz is arraigned in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"Zachary explained that he and his friends, when they were younger, had bullied Nikolas, which he now regrets ever doing", the report said.

Such a commitment would have made it more hard, if not impossible, for Mr Cruz to have legally obtained a gun such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the shooting. The news of his arrest left some students puzzled. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Strickler had been waving it around on the school bus that morning.

No person should be afraid of going to the mall, a concert, or an airport, he said.

"It might come off as insensitive to some", John Mansfield, 17, a junior, said.

He also told police that the night after the shooting, he felt as if "someone was trying to get me" and was scared when he thought he heard people outside his home. The commission is part of a new law, signed by Scott on March 9, that was crafted in response to the Valentine's Day mass shooting by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with using a legally purchased AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to kill 14 students and three staff members. His attorney has said he will plead guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder if prosecutors will waive the death penalty, which they have refused to do.

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