Breaking Report: Broward County School District Claims Prioritized Lawsuit Defense on “Honest Assessment” of Parkland Mass Shooting

Kirsters Baish| A new report from the South Florida Sun Sentinel states that Florida’s Broward County Public Schools were aware of the Parkland high school mass shooter prior to him attacking the school, but the report claims that they hid what they knew.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports, “Immediately after 17 people were murdered inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the school district launched a persistent effort to keep people from finding out what went wrong.” They go on to highlight some of the things the school district allegedly did to hide information from the public, things like trying to “spread misinformation” and even “[seeking] to jail reporters who published the truth.”

The news outlet went on to report that Broward County school district spent tons of money on attorneys in order to “fight the release of records and nearly $200,000 to pay public relations consultants who advised administrators to clam up.” Because of this, the public doesn’t know much more now than they did in the initial weeks following the brutal attack.

Breitbart News reports:

For example, the Sentinel acquired an uncensored report from the Collaborative Educational Network; this report evaluated how Broward schools handled would-be gunman Nikolas Cruz as he moved from grade to grade during his education. The report showed that “the district improperly withdrew support he needed; he asked for additional services; and the district bungled his request, leaving him spinning without help.”

The Sentinel noted things in the report which they claim the district never shared publicly. For one, Cruz told one of his middle school teachers, “I’m a bad kid. I want to kill.” And one of his eighth grade art teachers wrote a behavioral evaluation on Cruz which said, “I strongly feel that Nikolas is a danger to the students and faculty at this school. I do not feel that he understands the difference between his violent video games and reality.” In 2013 Cruz told a teacher, “I would rather be on the street killing animals and setting fires.” And the list goes on.

The shooter started attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School full-time in the Spring semester of 2016. Breitbart explains that “The Sentinel suggests the result of the alleged mishandling of Cruz meant that he transferred to Stoneman Douglas and ‘disappeared on a giant campus with 3,300 students and no structure for emotionally troubled students like him.’”