The FBI were warned last September by a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger that Nikolas Cruz was threatening to conduct a mass shooting. Although the FBI visited the vlogger and asked him if he knew Cruz, he said no and that was that.
The vlogger is 36 year-old Ben Bennight. He noticed an alarming comment by Cruz left on one of his videos: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” Bennight even emailed the FBI a screenshot of the comment. He also flagged the comment on YouTube and they removed the comment from the video.
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Agents with the bureau’s Mississippi field office got back to him “immediately,” Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25. “They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” Bennight told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”
After the shooting, they contacted him again to find out if he knew Cruz. He said no again. Cruz killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida yesterday. He wounded 15. He was taken alive into custody after trying to slip away. Cruz killed two outside the school, 12 inside and one on the street. Two more died on the way to the hospital.
Many officials wondered why someone, anyone didn’t call the police on this kid. Virtually every kid Cruz knew or had contact with thought he was sketchy and was capable of doing something like this. Most of the adults did too. Cruz was adopted along with his brother by the Cruz family. The father died years ago, but the mother died in November. His plans however were in place before that happened. This kid is a stone cold sociopath. He was into killing animals before he graduated to humans. Other than this vlogger, no one reported him. I also understand that Cruz was on medication. He’s a mental case and was a ticking time bomb. Cruz was expelled from this high school last year for disciplinary reasons and he was told not to come back on campus, especially with a backpack.
Cruz is described as a troubled “loner,” who likes to talk about guns, knives and bombs. He flaunted his obsession with weapons on his social media accounts. He also seemed to have a thing for ISIS and terrorists. Jim Gard, a math teacher at the school, told the Miami Herald that the teen had previously been identified as a potential threat to other students. Though his name matches the YouTube user flagged in September, FBI officials would not say whether they have confirmed that the account belonged to Cruz. In fact, they won’t say anything at all. And suddenly, Bennight has clammed up as well.
Around 4:30 pm on Wednesday — about 30 minutes after Cruz was taken into custody by police in Broward County — Special Agent Ryan Furr with the FBI’s Miami field office called Bennight and left him a voicemail. “I think we spoke with you in the past about a complaint that you made about someone making a comment on your YouTube channel,” the agent, Ryan Furr, said in the message, which Bennight provided to BuzzFeed News. “I just wanted to follow up with you on that and ask you a question with something that’s come up, if you wouldn’t mind giving me a ring.” A few hours later, the FBI paid Bennight his second visit from them as I said before.
The media and celebrities are now saying that the NRA has blood on their hands. The NRA has nothing to do with this and in fact, if the teachers had been armed, many lives could have been saved yesterday. It is legal for a 19 year-old to own a gun. I don’t know if they can purchase one, but they can own one. The hysterical push for gun-control has arrived right on cue once again.
Cruz’s social media pages were filled with disturbing content, with ex-schoolmates claiming they “knew he would shoot up the school.” Writing underneath a documentary clip about the notorious 1966 University of Texas clock tower sniper, a commenter called Nikolas Cruz wrote: “I’m going to [do] what he did.” He wore a gas mask and used smoke grenades. He also pulled the fire alarm to get students out in the halls where it was easier to kill them. Cruz will be tried as an adult and is already charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Florida has the death penalty. He will surely get the needle for his mass-murdering actions. Good.