Even as horrible an act as was committed by Nikolas Cruz, and nothing to me seems more horrible than taking the lives of innocent people with an automatic assault-grade rifle, I still wonder: Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim?
In news coverage Broward school superintendent Bob Runcie indicated that there was at least one school resource officer (armed) at the school on duty at the time. This problem is about:
1. Responsible gun background checks (lacking),
2. decently funded mental health programs (lacking); and,
3. suitable funding and mandatory state laws for effective alternatives to school expulsion (lacking).
It appears all three of these areas were lacking and created this perfect storm and another sense mass-loss of innocent lives. Sad, tragic and really pathetic on the part of national and state public officials. These critical elements of school safety require sincere politicians and responsible funding for mental health and alternative programs for (Especially) troubled kids.
It appears that Nikolas Cruz may have provided all the mental health warning signs needed. Even so, we cannot in good faith blame educators and this school system. We must look at critical factors–and politicians know what to do. They have this blood on their hands-in Washington, D.C. and in State Houses across the nation-for their persistent failure to take action.
Pass responsible gun background check laws + restore mental health funding + expel kids only to a suitable alternative education site that works for the kid. 3 simple fixes! Do we care enough to do so?
Nikolas Cruz, 19, is the man suspected of fatally shooting at least 17 people at a South Florida high school on Feb. 14. Here’s what you should know. http://wapo.st/2szqJuG