A former student unleashed a hail of gunfire in a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing at least 17 adults and children.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered government flags flown at half-staff through Monday, in honor of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public school of some 3,000 students outside Boca Raton.
The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, Runcie said. He is due in court Thursday. Investigators believe the suspect pulled the fire alarm to draw people out of classrooms and increase the number of casualties, Parkland, with a population of 31,000 in 2016, was named Florida’s safest city last year, here according to this article.
Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at the school, hid in a closet with 19 students from her newspaper class for nearly 40 minutes.
She cites the fire drill and recent active shooter training with saving lives. Falkowski told CNN’s Anderson Cooper:
We could not have been more prepared for this situation, which is what makes it so frustrating.
“We did everything that we were supposed to do. Broward County Schools has prepared us for this situation and still to have so many casualties, at least for me, it’s very emotional. Because I feel today like our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe.”
As everyone one else who saw or heard this story, I was shocked. I have heard this described as one of the largest mass shootings in US history. 17 dead. It has predictably revived the debate over gun control on both sides of the Atlantic (I’m in the U.K.).
This can only be a reactive response to a tragedy. A bit like the teacher quoted above blaming the government. If the student had been expelled/excluded and threatened retribution, that should have been taken a bit more seriously, I would think.
Apparently, he was known in class as a ‘bit of a bad egg’ as we say in England. It begs the question how an expelled, known troublesome student got back onto school campus property with an AR-15 rifle.
I’m not a shooter, but I imagine they are a bit cumbersome to conceal about your person!
Things start to get interesting from here on in. Here is an interview with Alexa Miednik, a senior student at Douglas High School.
It is from Matt Musil of Khou Sports, so it seems genuine. The interviewee seems to think there was a second shooter! Looking at the twitter feed beneath this clip, someone says there was a second video confirming another shooter, but it has been since taken down.
At this point one’s suspicions become aroused.
Looking further into this, here are some news bulletins, screenshotted. Notice the date stamps! The stories came out two days prior! How could this be?
Granted, with all the fake news and Photoshop trolls, it’s hard to separate the truth from the propaganda anymore. I’m sure the kings of clickbait at InfoWars are having a field day with this story.
A standard practice in criminology is to study MO (modus operandi) when investigating a crime or series of crimes. It is a useful tool to see if there is a common perpetrator. This would be especially useful in the case of a serial killer, serial rapist or similar.
I am immediately reminded of the Mandalay Hotel shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. According to mainstream news sources, the shooting came from the 32nd floor, but there were other, quickly rebutted, reports of a second shooter. I remember reading something about different bullet trajectories or similar at the time.
Another similarity was also news reports leaked prior to the shooting.
Finally, Paddick, the Vegas shooter, had 3 rifles and an immense amount of cartidges he smuggled in. To the 32nd floor. Just like Nikolas Cruz and his AR-15.
The MO and similarities are just too much to be a coincidence and, unfortunately, point to common actors. There are just too many questions. I also wonder if Cruz will be discovered to have ‘far right leanings’ and be in possession of ‘disturbing material’
Lets see how this unfolds…