Broward County Sheriff’s Office Was Warned About Cruz School Attack – Twice – And Failed to Act

“Feb. 5, 2016: a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is told by an anonymous caller that Nikolas Cruz, then 17, had threatened on Instagram to shoot up his school and posted a photo of himself with guns,” reports. “The information is forwarded to BSO Deputy Scot Peterson, a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” Yes, you read right . . .

the same Scot Peterson who stood outside the school for four minutes while Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students and wounded 14 others knew Cruz’s intentions to commit a spree killing almost two years to the day before Cruz launched his attack.

In November 2017,  “a caller from Massachusetts calls BSO to report that Cruz is collecting guns and knives and could be a ‘school shooter in the making.'” The Herald reports that an unidentified Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy “advises the caller to contact the Palm Beach sheriff.” And . . . that’s it.

The fresh revelations add fuel to the pyre of the FBI, the federal agency that failed to act on specific, credible information warning them that Nikolas Cruz planned on attacking Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School.

In fact, the deadly shooting was the end result of a cascade of government failure. The Herald compiled a timeline of the missed opportunities to intercept the spree killer and remove him from society. That is, the ones we know about so far . . .

Feb. 5, 2016: A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy is told by an anonymous caller that Nikolas Cruz, then 17, had threatened on Instagram to shoot up his school and posted a photo of himself with guns. The information is forwarded to BSO Deputy Scot Peterson (the same officer that failed to act during the shooting), a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Sept. 23, 2016: A “peer counselor” reports to Peterson that Cruz had possibly ingested gasoline in a suicide attempt, was cutting himself and wanted to buy a gun. A mental health counselor advises against involuntary committing Cruz. The high school says it will conduct a threat assessment.

Sept. 28, 2016: An investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families rules Cruz is stable, despite “fresh cuts” on his arms. His mother, Lynda Cruz, says in the past he wrote a racial slur against African Americans on his book bag and had recently talked of buying firearms.

Sept. 24, 2017: A YouTube user named “nikolas cruz” posts a comment stating he wants to become a “professional school shooter.” The comment is reported to the FBI in Mississippi, which fails to make the connection to Cruz in South Florida.

Nov. 1, 2017: Katherine Blaine, Lynda Cruz’s cousin, calls BSO to report that Nikolas Cruz had weapons and asks that police recover them. A “close family friend” agrees to take the firearms, according to BSO.

Nov. 29, 2017: The Palm Beach County family that took in Cruz after the death of his mother calls the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office to report a fight between him and their son, 22. A member of the family says Cruz had threatened to “get his gun and come back” and that he has “put the gun to others’ heads in the past.” The family does not want him arrested once he calms down.

Nov. 30, 2017: A caller from Massachusetts calls BSO to report that Cruz is collecting guns and knives and could be a “school shooter in the making.” A BSO deputy advises the caller to contact the Palm Beach sheriff.

Jan. 5, 2018: A caller to the FBI’s tip line reports that Cruz has “a desire to kill people” and could potentially conduct a school shooting. The information is never passed on to the FBI’s office in Miami.

Feb. 14, 2018: Nikolas Cruz attacks Stoneman Douglas High. Peterson, the school’s resource officer, draws his gun outside the building where Cruz is shooting students and staff. He does not enter.

Note: this timeline does not include the 39 times Broward County cop responded to complaints about Mr. Cruz’s behavior.

During the CNN gun control “Town Hall,” Sheriff Israel told NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, “I understand you’re standing up for the NRA and I understand that’s what you’re supposed to do. But you just told this group of people that you are standing up for them. You’re not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’” The crowd cheered.

Given the importance of armed defenders in our schools, what we now know about Sheriff Israel’s department and the civility of CNN’s kangaroo court, the crowd should have booed. Before Sheriff Israel started speaking.


  1. avatar Jolly Roger That says:

    The government is not here to protect you. Full stop. It doesn’t matter what color Lives Matter to you. They are not going to save you. Only you can do that. A government that simultaneously deprives people of their protection and refuses to take up the duty of protecting them is not one that deserves to continue.

    1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

      And the people that are working to support a .gov that would disarm people and then refuse to protect the disarmed do not deserve to continue.

      1. avatar Flinch says:

        Looks like the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a set of balls.

        1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

          Balls and a gun. The coach had balls. But no gun. He died while the armed deputy lived.

        2. avatar Hank says:

          The coach was just the kind of teacher that should have been armed. He’d have stopped him or died trying, not wet his pants outside the back door thumbing his radio.

    2. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

      They fvkt up but we have to eat the sandwich. That is the way of politics when so many are lazy and stupid. It’s only going to get worse. The control of public schools is really beginning to pay off for the left. They have a new use for them – a place of sacrifice to get disarmament.

    3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Jolly Roger That,

      “A government that simultaneously deprives people of their protection and refuses to take up the duty of protecting them is not one that deserves to continue.”

      I am going to apply that line to my current church which still insists on prohibiting firearms for self-defense at church.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        A lot of EvFree churches have armed volunteer security teams. Mine does (First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton). We have multiple concealed carriers per service, handcuffs, first aid gear, radios, don’t shoot me banners, and qualify 4x per year.

        I’m done with gun free churches. Also, concealed means concealed.

        1. avatar former water walker says:

          HeyACCUR81 my brother was ordained in the Evangelical Free Church. Bought my 1st gun from him. My church(1st Baptist,Hammond, In) is loaded with security and CC holder. Satan doesn’t take days off!

        2. avatar uncommon_sense says:


          I have been pushing for the same situation at my church. The fact that I have solid evidence and Biblical doctrine to back my position and the fact that I can out shoot most law enforcement officers does not matter up to this point.

          I am making one last attempt to change the policy with solid facts, evidence, and reason. If my church’s leadership still rejects responsible, competent armed volunteers, I am leaving to find a church that does accept responsible, competent armed volunteers — and that would have to include myself.

      2. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

        We don’t attend church; we’re deists. Once you recognize and accept the idea that not even God will stick around to save you, it makes that whole self-reliance and distrust of government thing a lot more reasonable. So we reject both holy hocus pocus and socialist shenanigans alike, and get to sleep in on Sundays in our well armed home.

    4. avatar binder says:

      You think the failure to report was bad…

      The Broward sheriff deputy assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned on Thursday, about a week after a school shooting there that left 17 people dead.

      Scot Peterson, a school resource officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s office, waited outside the school building without ever going inside, sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference on Thursday.

      The deputy “clearly” knew a shooter was inside the building, but stayed outside for four minutes while the killing continued.

      Abigail Abrams ,Time

    5. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      The government is only there to protect you and your property. That’s the only reason for government to exist. If it can’t or won’t do it, there’s no point to having it around.

      1. avatar Joe R. says:

        NO ONE [else] can protect you on the individual level, maybe not even you.

        It is WRONGFUL, not just wrong, for anyone ESPECIALLY YOUR (purely reactionary) GOVERNMENT, TO CLAIM THAT IT CAN / DOES.

        1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

          The fundamental purpose of government is to protect the rights of individuals. The rights can be summed up as the right to life, liberty, and property.

          If the government is ineffective at this, then government is pointless. If the government violates these rights more than it protects them, then government is beyond pointless.

          Since FDR, at the very least, the federal government has been moving towards the beyond pointless side of the scale.

        2. avatar Joe R. says:


          You should run for office.

        3. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

          If I thought it would make a difference, I would. I don’t think I could beat Cornyn or the Lt. Governor (or even get on the radar) and the rest of the guys representing me are doing a pretty good job (not that I could get on the radar against them either). Maybe I could be a carpetbagger?

          I’d still need a boatload of money to do it.

      2. avatar Mark N. says:

        No, no they are not there to protect anything. We do not do pre-crime here. For the most part, all the police can do is respond to a crime after it has occurred (or started to occur). Freedom means that the Government cannot spy on us to see if we are being naughty or nice. The can only investigate if there is reasonable cause to believe that a crime has or may be occurring; we do not want Big Brother.

        1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

          I’m pretty sure gun shots inside a school building or specific threats are what I like to call “crimes,” not “pre-crimes.”

          If the government’s job isn’t to protect the rights to life, liberty, and property, what is the purpose of government?

          Unless it is to give me, not the average citizen, but specifically me, stuff, lot’s and lot’s of stuff, or it isn’t to protect the rights to life, liberty, and property, I’m not on board with having a government at all.

  2. avatar A Brit in TX says:

    Not mentioned in the above timeline are the 39 police calls to the b*stards house.

    Also not mentioned was the local school districts policy of not disciplining or even reporting felonies committed by their students. This policy was a directly result of the previous administrations belief that the higher incarceration rate amongst school age African-Americans was somehow racist.

    Somehow, conveniently the multiple failures by the authorities has resulted in us (as firearms owners and 2A believers) being labelled as child killers & monsters.

    1. avatar darkstar says:

      Great point about not reporting incidents in Broward County schools. I saw a little blurb about that in an article the other day. They copied it from Miami-Dade, and called it the Broward Solution. Everybodys favorite harmless, sizzzrup slurping “child” Trayvon Martin was a beneficiary of this forward thinking mandate. This kind of “progressive” thinking and policy is getting people killed.

  3. avatar No one of consequence says:

    As ilustrated by case law, the police have no obligation to protect individuals, even when they are present at the scene of an individual being attached.

    Rather, they are supposed to protect “the public.” Or perhaps “society at large.”

    Apparently, that doesn’t include schools (see other article re deputy going in). Nor does it include entire segments of cities (see Baltimore).

    So what, exactly, are the police supposed to be doing?

    N.b., I am not a police hater in general; but things like this make me wonder.

  4. avatar uncommon_sense says:


    We have to — WE MUST — use this example to underpin our decision to be armed in public. And we have to pound it home. Every time gun-grabbers advocate for our disarmament, we have to shout them down with this case which PROVES government can and will fail to protect us.

    Gun grabbers attempt to shout us down claiming that our solution — being able to purchase firearms — is a non-starter because it enables violent criminals to maim and kill us. Well, gun grabbers’ solution — relying on police to protect us — is a non-starter because it enables violent criminals to maim and kill us.

  5. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    This new set of revelations is destroying the narrative that the MSM and the Brady Center worked so hard to craft last week. Wait for further revelations regarding how Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the Broward County School District violated their own policies for student safety and security.

    The coming law suits are going to be as they say “slam dunks”.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      Wait for news to come out how they violated policy?

      That would mean that they actually would have taken action instead of doing the bullshit policy they’ve kept in place since 2013.

      1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

        Bob, you’re spot on. There’s additional information regarding the unlocking of the secured gates and doors for the sake of administrative staff “convenience” which was directly against policy. Cruz knee this and that’s why he arrived on sute at the yime he did and that’s how he gained access so easily.

        There’s some other stuff percolating.

      2. avatar tired of it says:

        Isn’t “I was just following policy” the new get out of jail free card?

        Whenever cops do something the average person finds distasteful, their bosses excuse it with “well…he was just following policy…and clearly we need to readdress the policy going forward.” The people responsible for creating the policy are never charged, the people responsible for following the policy are never charged, it’s as though the policy is to blame, and it lives in an untouchable vacuum.

    2. avatar Mad Max says:

      Two words: Qualified immunity.

  6. avatar Shire-man says:

    If any good comes from this it’s that nobody can ignore the total breakdown of the system. Local authorities failed, federal authorities failed, security guard failed. And not just a little. They failed spectacularly.

    Nobody is looking out for you but yourself.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      Broward Sheriff’s Office had a School Resource Officer assigned. That isn’t a ‘security guard’. That is a deputy that is assigned to the school instead of working a patrol beat.

  7. avatar Sneaky White 13 says:

    Thing to ponder:
    1. The murderer is responsible for the carnage.
    2. Law enforcement at all levels mentioned above, were and probably still are grossly incompetent and negligent and had multiple chances to get this murderer under control prior to 14 Feb 2018.
    3. School administrators at MSDHS and the shrinks that opined on the murderer’s abhorrent behaviors are also culpable ENABLERS.
    They all should be FIRED and replaced with Courageous and Competent people.

    Gun Free Zones equal FREE FIRE ZONES filled with easy targets. Such stupidity needs to stop…BTW, the murderer could have killed more by pulling the fire alarm and then walking to a rental truck and start driving over the lined up victims. Kind of like Nice, France.

    GOVERNMENTS, don’t mess with US law abiding POTG. DO YOUR JOBS AND TAKE CRIMINALS (like this murderer) OFF OUR STREETS.

    Also, all of you in 1-3, take responsibility for your incompetence, lack of courage, stupidity, and Quit immediately, OH WAIT, that takes courage, of which you all have NONE……

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      “1. The murderer is responsible for the carnage.” Not solely. The people who prevented teachers from being able to carry are partially responsible, the law enforcement and social workers who failed to act are partially responsible, and the school teachers and staff who failed to act (or acted in ways to reduce safety) are partially responsible.

      There is plenty of blame to go around.

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Scott Peterson…wow. Anyone else think of the bastard on death row?!? Dot.guv does a helluva job in Floriduh. But it’s all the guns fault. Not an inch-no retreat. No surrender. Don’t tread on us!

    1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

      Scot with one “t”. The ladies man on death row has two.

  9. avatar 2004done says:

    It’s hard for people (who are aware that the Constitution was intended to preserve freedoms and liberties by limiting Federal Gov’t) to imagine what an HONEST MEDIA could promote for effective defense (written into Decl. of Indep. and Constitution) if MSM weren’t as “power-mad as a politician.”

  10. avatar Gordon in MO says:

    To be clear on who and what is behind the situation consider who benefits from continuing school shootings.

    Who benefits from a bunch of students standing up and demanding to “do something now” and “ban guns”? The answer is obvious, the political left.

    I contend that the far left has made a cold blooded decision to obstruct any changes that would actually help reduce/prevent school shootings. They WANT more children to die to help advance their agenda of a total gun ban. “The end justifies the means.”

    They want all weapons gone for the same reason Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, and all the other communist dictators did, total control of the peasants.

    How many millions did they kill in the 20th century? 100 million, 150 million, maybe more? So a few kids killed along the way is only a useful tool to them, not a tragedy.

    Unfortunately the indoctrinated kids and useful fools along the way don’t know what the plans are because they don’t know what happened in the past. The left is good about “erasing history” and writing their own.

    Politicians of all sides are a danger because there are few statesmen any more. Politicians are interested in prolonging their carrier so they blow with the wind on controversial issues, ignoring the Constitution and their constituents to see favor from big money donors. Today the majority of big money donors seem to be leftists.

    So where does that leave us?

    It behooves everyone who supports the US Constitution to work diligently to elect and support people at all levels of government who also believe in the Constitution. These days that seemingly does not include any democrats. In the long run demographics are against us, the left controls the institutions of education.

    Be Prepared !

  11. avatar Michael S. says:

    If you needed more proof that teachers who have carry permits should be allowed to carry their POF in the classroom, this is it. In loco parentis is a long held legal standard that places the responsibility and care of the students in the hands of the school teachers and administrators while they are on school property for school functions. If you knew there was a chance your family was going to be shot-up by a crazy kid, you would arm yourself. Why should the classroom be different?

    Every single system, and person, who should have prevented this failed. At the end of the day, your safety is your own responsibility.

  12. avatar Moshe says:

    “Failed to act” or was ordered (by FBI, deep state?) not to act?

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    Sheriff Scott Israel — Protecting and Serving the sh!t out of Broward County since 2012.

    1. avatar A Brit in TX says:

      An interesting article about him in the Miami Herald, according to the below paragraph he was a strong advocate on reporting threats to public safety. So his department deliberately (in conjunction with the school district) downplayed threats (to help the school stats re reduction in arrests etc) and didn’t act on those credible threats that were reported.

      He also changed allegiance from Republican to Democrat in order to run for Sheriff. Sounds like a two faced lying politician to me.

      “He previously advocated for stricter gun control, calling for reinstatement of an assault-gun ban, closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” and fighting an “open carry” proposal. He has also advocated for more mental health treatment, including requiring healthcare workers to report threats to public safety.”

  14. avatar Tile floor says:

    I’ve mentioned before that I’m an SRO. We’ve been getting a lot of threats, and luckily in VA just saying to one other person a threat to harm a school is enough to effect an arrest, which I do every time. The problem though, is that this is how those arrests work-

    Student is charged. I call Juvenile Intake because I’m VA they are the ones who make the determination of whether or not it will be a custodial arrest and I take them down to detention, or release them on what’s called a J18. This, while legally is an arrest since the student faces criminal charges, dictates that I release the student back to the parents. They go home. Which has been the case every time.

    This would not apply for an adult, so if the kid was 18 or 19 then it’s click click down the the jail we go.

    The only way I would ever be allowed to take the student down to intake as a juvenile is if I got a search warrant and found that they had the means to carry out the attacks. Which is what should have been done in this case.

    Their SRO needs to face some kind of punishment other than just resigning. I am fully prepared to confront an active shooter with violence, both mentally and tactically. I train all the time, am a Firearms Instructor for my dept and was an 11B.

  15. avatar TruthTellers says:

    Broward Country Sheriff’s Department is Deep State. Citizens need to call for Sheriff to resign. In fact, the families should sue the department and FBI for damages.

    It sounds to me like all the LEO agencies wanted this kid to be a school shooter since they didn’t do fuck all to stop him and had investigations open on him.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Not sure if you are just using the phrase “deep state” because you heard it on talk radio and it sounds bad or if you’re just paranoid as hell.

      The whole point to this situation is not that the government is in cahoots on all levels effectively conspiring against us. It’s that incompetence reigns supreme.

      1. avatar Toni says:

        Hannibal i hate to say it but if it was just sheer incompetence it would not be happening with such startling regularity. it is policy to let these things go so that they have more excuse to remove more rights. the more it happens the more it gets the sheeple on side to remove liberty from those who would stand firm against threats both foreign and domestic. BTW i am not just referring to military or police here but to individuals who care enough to train and go armed to defend themselves and their fellow citizens.

        personally if i had my way the federal govt would be so limited as to only be able to protect national boarders (most of the federal departments would have to be disbanded) and the states themselves would be in charge of their individual militias in which every able bodied person would be required to serve in as a reserve. that also would remove the federal govt from being able to send troops overseas to places that in all reality they should not be. as part of this people born in the country that refuse to serve would loose citizenship and be simply a permanent resident but with a much higher tax rate. the IRS would be disbanded and only states would have any right of taxation. the federal govt would be reduced to import and export levies. any foreigners that wished to become citizens would also be required to serve. there would also be no welfare of any sort (food stamps, medical etc etc) for any who were not citizens. school leavers would do 2 years full time before becoming a reservist and as said above if refused they would then loose citizenship to become just a permanent resident with the higher tax rate (personally i would set it at 50% while those who served no more than 5%). those that refused to serve would also have no voting rights either.

        FWIW even those with disabilities there are things that they could do to serve….. even packing medical kits and other admin work depending on the disability.

        i would get the country out of the UN and kick the UN out of the US as not being in the countries best interests.

        BTW i am an australian who would love to move to the US and yes i would serve despite already being almost 44 and am a strong proponent for liberty.

  16. avatar CalGunsMD says:

    Jake Tapper “worked in 1997 as a spokesman for Handgun Control, Inc., the precursor to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. CNN and Tapper have failed to disclose Tapper’s anti-gun activism in advance of the town hall.”

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      CNN doesn’t care. No one that watches CNN cares.

  17. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

    Between social workers, the school, the sheriff’s offices, and the FBI, how many times did the fail to take action, within the current laws we have, that could have prevented this massacre? 40? 50? More?

    And we don’t need guns? Preposterous.

  18. avatar Illinois_Minion says:

    Why is Sheriff Israel not held accountable for his employee’s failure, rather than praised for his post-event lip service?

    Drain the dumb-ass-ery.

  19. avatar GS650G says:

    And these are the people they want to outsource our security to.

  20. avatar Mmmtacos says:

    Even when police are SECONDS away it appears they may still yet be incapable. I’m sure there are other policemen who are ashamed of this man’s behavior and wouldn’t have hesitated to do the right thing if they were in his situation. I’m sure there’s others that would never have even let it get so far. How do you take a threat or a report of a perception of threat against people’s lives so lightly?

    The old saying really is true, isn’t it?

    “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

  21. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

    Sounds like grounds for a HUGE lawsuit to me…hmmmmm.

  22. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    But wait, there’s more!

    It wasn’t just one Broward County deputy who failed to respond:

    I think when officers from Coral Springs start saying more, it’s just going to get much worse for Broward County’s government.

    Oh, and then there’s this:

  23. avatar eng says:

    Too bad Jake Tapper didn’t make these systemic failures a focal point of his CNN hate orgy… errr… “Town Hall”

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