Nikolas Cruz’s mom said to be his enabler…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A commission investigating the Florida high school shooting found that the shooter’s mother let him buy a gun even though his counselors opposed the idea.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman High School Public Safety Commission, told its members that Lynda Cruz was “an enabler” who didn’t allow her son Nikolas Cruz to receive the mental health treatment he needed.
“If he wants to have a gun, he could have a gun,” she told her son’s counselors, according to Gualtieri.
Lynda Cruz died in November, three months before her 19-year-old son killed 17 students and faculty members in a school shooting on Feb. 14.
Gualtieri told the committee that school counselors had at least 140 interactions with Nikolas Cruz over the years, but his mother frequently interfered with the conversations.
The commission also found that a controversial program the shooter was enrolled in did not have any effect on his mental stability.
The PROMISE program allows kids who commit minor offenses to avoid arrest.
Cruz likely attended the three-day diversion program in 2013 after breaking public property, but Gualtieri said there were no apparent consequences.
Even if Nikolas Cruz had been arrested on the spot instead of being referred to the PROMISE program, there was no evidence he would not have still lashed out, Gualtieri said.
“I’m going to suggest to you that this is something we can make recommendations on, but overall, this is something we can put to rest and move on from,” he said.
Grady Judd, the Polk County sheriff and commission member, said the PROMISE program is a “permissive train wreck” that allowed young offenders “bite after bite after bite of the apple.”
But he too said it didn’t have any bearing on the shooting.
“I don’t think the event in and of itself — breaking off a faucet — had anything at all to do with the shooting later on,” Judd said.