School officials recommended Nikolas Cruz be committed

Counselors deputy wanted Nikolas Cruz institutionalized long before Florida school massacre

Broward County Sheriff's Office (PARKLAND, Fla.) - The brother of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been arrested for allegedly trespassing on the school grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Calls had even been made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the possibility of Cruz using a gun at school.

Such an involuntary commitment would also have been a high obstacle if not a complete barrier to legally obtaining a firearm, such as the AR-15 rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas massacre on February 14, authorities say.

Students walk past one of seventeen crosses after a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

He was being held at the same Broward County jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale where his brother is being held, jail records on Monday night showed.

They show a high school resource officer from the sheriff's office and two school counselors recommended in September 2016 that Cruz should be committed under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for mental health patients to be hospitalized against their will for at least three days. Individuals are subjected to involuntary commitment under the law.

The documents, provided by mental health facility Henderson Behavioral Health, reportedly described disturbing examples of Cruz's behavior, such as cutting his arm after breaking up with his girlfriend, telling a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and telling another that he threw up after drinking gasoline.

An attorney for Peterson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Sunday.

It's unclear who received the officials' recommendation to commit Cruz and why it was not acted upon, according to the AP.

Nikolas Cruz posing with knives. The alleged trespassing was captured on CCTV, the report states. Defendant Cruz stated that he unlawfully entered the school property to "Reflect on the school shooting and soak it all in" referring to the school shooting. Cruz was indicted on 34 counts of permitted murder and attempted murder. He faces the death penalty if convicted. He resided in the Lantana, Florida-area, which is about 40 miles north of Parkland in Palm Beach County, along with his brother and a family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps.

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