This is just tragic, it appears that the FBI was warned about a mass shooting in Florida, but like everything else, was ignored.
According to CNN:
The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday’s campus massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger.
Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from Mississippi, noticed in September an alarming comment on a video he’d posted. He told CNN he immediately contacted the FBI.
“Im going to be a professional school shooter,” read the comment, left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz, the same name of the suspected shooterwho opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people.
It was one of at least two alleged threat reports about the suspected shooter that the FBI received, according to a law enforcement official. In both cases, the FBI did not share the information with local law enforcement, the official said.
According to Bennight, agents from the FBI’s field office in Mississippi contacted him and came to his office to conduct an in-person interview the next morning. Bennight told the agents he didn’t know anything about the user, he told CNN.
That was the last contact he had with the FBI until Wednesday, he said.
The FBI special agent in charge of the Miami division, Robert Lasky, confirmed Thursday morning that the bureau received a tip last year about the YouTube comment.
“No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment,” Lasky said during a news conference. “The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment.”
It’s not clear whether the FBI ever identified the suspect in the other alleged threat report.
The YouTube comment and Bennight’s efforts to alert the FBI were first reported Thursday by BuzzFeed News.
A student named Alexa Miednik (a Senior at Stoneman) said she was talking and joking with Nicholas in the hallway, right as the shootings were taking place….so that would imply a second shooter.
he FBI knowing about the plans beforehand, it makes it even more suspicious. Why would the FBI sit on that kind of information?
First reports claimed he WAS a current student?
A few hours later, he was reported as a former student, why wasn’t that a red flag to everyone that he shouldn’t BE THERE?
Shouldn’t the school’s REGISTAR’s OFFICE be able to confirm who is an active student?
Why isn’t Alexa’s version of events being blasted all over the cable news channels?