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PARKLAND (CBSMiami/AP) — Nikolas Cruz, the self-confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter refused to let the district continue providing him with mental health services after he turned 18 and the superintendent of schools says federal law kept them from doing anything about it.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie tells the Sun Sentinel “You can’t make someone do something when the law says they have the right to make that determination.”

Cruz, now 19, is accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.

Runcie says Cruz had attended a school with programs for emotionally and disabled students, and returned to Douglas in August 2016. By November, he says the “situation had deteriorated.” With the support of his mother, Cruz refused special needs services and remained at the school until February 2017.

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Comments (13)
  1. what kind of services were previously provided?

  2. Thank you Congress for these idiotic laws that forces schools to accept mentally deranged adults and 27 year MS13 members as high school students.

  3. Bob Suyak says:

    School system under Runcie ignores crimes in schools, under Obama “promise” program. Could be why Cruz’s behavior under the radar. Liberal polices of dems in Wa and Broward policies responsible for the the shooting, not the NRA.

  4. Kevin Tucker says:

    If public education programs were available to this guy beyond age 18, then he must have been in Special Education (age 3-21 eligibility). Sounds like his education was provided in a district behavioral unit. If diagnosed Autistic, several in-home services were available as well.

    1. Many students are in high school after their 18th birthday. If their birthday is in the first half of the year (before the end of the school year), then it is expected that they will be over 18 for part of their senior year.

  5. Please define “Mental Health Services”. Was he on SSRI drugs and then suddenly came off them?? How about a bit more information

  6. Thanks to the ACLU this young killer had every right to reject treatment. I just can’t understand why the ACLU doesn’t equally stand up for the 2nd amendment rights of the law-abiding.

  7. beefrank says:

    B.S. Runcie. Nice way to wash your hands for the incompetence of PROMISE program pushed by Obama and Holder.

  8. Gerry Rudmin says:

    Probably the drugs he was given as a child.. for ADHD or some other disgnosis… made him psychotic. As a child, no one asked him if he want his brains to be scrambled so he would pay attention or behave. Blame the doctors, the drug companies, the FDA and Congress for turning a blind eye to this national scandal.

  9. This article leaves out a lot of details about the system and what power the authorities in school and in the community had. If someone obviously is mentally ill and dangerous to himself and the community there is surely something that could have been done to treat him or incarcerate him.

    Rather than focus on semi-worthless gun laws that more than likely wouldn’t have even begun to slow Cruz down, our pin-headed representatives should focus on what we can do to identify and treat the next Cruz.

  10. Grizz Mann says:

    Did Nikolas Cruz lie on his application to purchase his guns? A criminal lie? Heaven forbid.