Documents obtained by the Associated Press show that Peterson and two school counselors recommended in September 2016 that shooter Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed for mental evaluation. Had he undergone the commitment he likely would not have been able to purchase a gun. The clinicians at Henderson came to the home for interviews and said Cruz admitted punching the wall but said he did so because he was upset at a breakup with his girlfriend.
Both Nikolas and Zachary were adopted by Lynda and Roger Cruz when they were infants.
Despite the warnings and recommendations regarding Cruz's state of mental health, there's no evidence that he was ever committed. "(Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up". He told another student he had drunk gasoline and was vomiting.
The documents are part of Cruz's criminal case in the shooting.
Cruz is being held without bond at the Broward County Jail, where he's segregated from other inmates.
This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nicolas Cruz.
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The younger brother of accused gunman Nikolas Cruz was arrested on Monday for allegedly trespassing on the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where his brother killed 17 people on February 14.
Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they chose to have him forcibly committed more than a year before the shootings.
The former deputy has been called a "coward" for staying outside the school while the shooting took place inside.
Authorities say Cruz used a legally obtained assault rifle to kill 17 people at the school.
The startling new revelation fuels even more speculation that local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation could have prevented the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 individuals and injured scores more.
A Broward County grand jury indicted the 19-year-old gunman on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf, though defense attorney Melisa McNeill emphasized that Nikolas Cruz is willing "at any time" to plead guilty "in exchange for a waiver of the death sentence" and instead spend the rest of his life behind bars.