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26 February 2018 @ 08:46 pm
Florida high school shooting - post mortem  
It looks like that shooting could be prevented at multiple point:
The BSO received 23 calls about Cruz over a decade.[56] These included tips about his threats to shoot up the school on February 5, 2016, and on November 30, 2017. On September 23, 2016, a peer counselor notified the school resource officer of his suicide attempt and intent to buy a gun; the school indicated it would do a "threat assessment".[57][58][59]

On September 24, 2017, a comment on a YouTube video from the user "nikolas cruz" stated, "Im going to be a professional school shooter". The video's owner reported the comment to the FBI, but according to FBI agent Robert Lasky, it was unable to track down who made the comment after conducting database reviews.[60][61]

On January 5, 2018, the FBI's Public Access Line (PAL) received a tip from a person who was close to Cruz. On February 16 (two days after the shooting), the agency released a statement that detailed this information. According to the statement, "The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting." After conducting an investigation, the FBI said the PAL did not follow protocol when the information was not forwarded to the Miami Field Office, where investigative steps would have been taken.[62][63] The FBI opened a probe into the tip line's operations.[64]

"School security" was a joke and could have reduced death count a lot:
The school resource officer who did not attempt to engage Cruz was a sheriff's deputy; he was later suspended without pay and tendered his resignation. Sheriff Israel said "[the deputy] was absolutely on campus for this entire event" and that he should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer".[56][78][79] Coral Springs officers said that, when they arrived, they saw three Broward deputies behind their vehicles with pistols drawn; this is under investigation and sources cautioned that the information is preliminary. The active shooter protocol requires any officer at the scene to immediately neutralize the attacker as opposed to waiting for backup with better resources and personnel. The protocol was adopted after the Columbine school shooting in 1999.[80]

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/147217.html