A timeline of Nikolas Cruz's activities leading up to the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida
Madyson Kravitz, 17 and a junior at Stoneman Douglas High School, found the day to be very emotional. Kravitz will keep working each day to finish the school year and get past the tragedy from two weeks ago. Andrea Melendez/news-press.com
Brandon Travinski, 14 and a freshman at Stoneman Douglas, was ready to head back to school Wednesday morning. He wanted to be with his classmates and teachers, even though he knew it would be a hard day to get through. Andrea Melendez/news-press.com
Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, 17, speaks about her experience inside of the building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Olivia Vanni/Naples Daily News
Officer Bernard Hilson, with the Broward County Sheriff's office, gave high-fives, handshakes, and even a few hugs to Stoneman Douglas students as they returned to class for the first time since the Feb. 14th shooting. Andrea Melendez/news-press.com
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students leave school after a half day on campus Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Today marks the first day back in class since the Feb. 14 school shooting. Ashley Collins/Naples Daily News
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students go back to school two weeks after the Feb. 14 shooting. Watch a Facebook Live recording.
Thousands gathered at Pine Trails Park on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 for a candlelight vigil in honor of the 17 victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Nicole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News
Hundreds of protestors and gun reform advocates stand on the corner of Airport-Pulling Road and U.S. 41 chanting to passersby next to the Collier County Courthouse Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Naples. Luke Franke/Naples Daily News
ROTC cadets at Florida Atlantic University Armand Vezina, left, and Steven Todd White pay their respects to Peter Wang, a 15-year-old JROTC cadet, who died in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "Once I heard about Mr. Wang passing and holding the door open we had to come," said Vezina. "He deserves the utmost respect." Luke Franke/Naples Daily News
Isabella Cohen and Gabrielle Barbini survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
Jaclyn Corin, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks about the student trip she organized with 100 of her fellow classmates to meet with lawmakers in Tallahassee on Tuesday and why it's so important to the #NeverAgain movement.
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, hundreds of students, elected officials, gun control advocates and community members gather for a gun control rally in front of the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.
Annika Dean survived the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting last year. This year her son survived the shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland.
President Donald Trump’s motorcade just left the Broward Sheriff’s Office Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale. Trump is in Florida to meet with families of victims in the mass school shooting. Patrick Riley/Naples Daily News
A group of South Broward High School students skipped school on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 to protest against gun violence. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
Candles were lit on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in honor of the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a mass shooting on Wednesday. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
Moments before a candlelight vigil in Parkland, Florida, on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, to honor the 17 lives in during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
Gov. Rick Scott gives a briefing from Broward Health North following the school shooting in Parkland. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
Dr. Benny Menendez, chief of emergency medicine for Broward Health Medical Center, and Dr. Louis Yogel, chief of staff for Broward Health Medical Center, speak about the mass school shooting. Patrick Riley/Naples Daily News
A doctor from Broward Health gave an update on the school shooting Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News
The coach and teammates of mass shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff remember the fallen leader of the Parkland Soccer Club team. Andrew West/The News-Press
Kenny Rodriguez's sons were in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when shooting started. Both made it out safe. Andrew West/The News-Press
Lisa McCrary-Tokes lost her daughter to gun violence a year ago in Ohio. She spoke Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 about the feeling of loss in Parkland, Florida following a mass shooting at a high school. Andrew West/The News-Press
Thousands attended a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in honor of those slain and injured in mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Andrew West/The News-Press
Dr. Christopher Roberts, Chief Neurosurgeon for the Broward Health Medical Center had also treated patients from the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting in 2017. Andrew West/The News-Press
Scott meets with shooting victims at Fort Lauderdale hospital.
- Madyson Kravitz, 17, found first day back emotional
- Brandon Travinski knew it would be a hard day to get through
- Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, 17, speaks about day of school shooting
- Officer hugs Parkland students returning to school
- Florida school shooting: School day ends at Stoneman Douglas
- Facebook Live: Students return for first day of classes since shooting
- Video: Parkland Strong
- Video: Call to action rally
- ROTC cadets pay respects to Peter Wang, a JROTC cadet killed last week
- Parkland high school shooting survivors
- Video: #NeverAgain Student Movement
- Video: Fort Lauderdale Gun Control Rally
- Annika Dean
- Video: Trump visits Fla. after school shooting
- Students protest gun violence after mass school shooting
- Florida school shooting: Candlelight vigil
- Florida school shooting: Vigil and rememberances
- Florida school shooting: Rick Scott gives briefing
- Doctors at Broward Health Medical Center on school shooting
- Video: Doctor from Broward Health gives update on school shooting
- Video: Parkland Soccer Club grieves over teammate Alyssa Alhadeff
- Video: Father of five speaks about school shooting
- Mother who lost daughter to gun violence in Ohio speaks about loss
- Florida high school mass shooting: Moments from the vigil in Parkland
- Broward doctor talks about treating Florida high school mass shooting victims
- Florida School Shooting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott meets with media after visiting victims
Nikolas Cruz has admitted to a Valentine’s Day shooting that killed 17 students and staff and injured 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. His lawyers are arguing the missed opportunities for intervention after reports of violence and threats documented by police, social workers and school counselors should spare him a death sentence.
Here is a timeline of events:
11/27/2012 — Nikolas Cruz's adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, reports the 14-year-old attacked her with a plastic vacuum cleaner hose. She was raising Cruz and his little brother Zachary alone since her husband died in 2004.
1/15/2013 — Deputies respond to a call that Cruz threw his mother against the wall because she took away his video games. She told police on different occasions that her son suffered from ADHD, OCD, and anger issues. A Henderson Behavioral Health counselor said hospitalization for mental health evaluation was not warranted for Cruz.
2/6/2014 — Cruz transferred from Westglades Middle School to Cross Creek, an alternative school for developmentally disabled and students with behavior problems.
1/13/2016 — Cruz transferred to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a public high school with more than 3,000 students in Parkland. He eased back into regular classes with half-days at first and then as a full-time student.
2/5/2016 — A neighbor called police after seeing an alarming Instagram post that suggested Cruz might plan “to shoot up the school," according to Sheriff office’s notes. A deputy responded to the house, found he had knives and BB gun, and then passed the information along to the school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson. It’s unclear what Peterson, who retired last week after reports that he stood outside as the shooting occurred at Douglas, did with that information.
9/20/2016 — Administrators suspend Cruz and refer him to social workers after getting into a fight following a break up with his girlfriend.
9/28/2016 — A student told Peterson that Cruz, depressed and cutting himself, had ingested gasoline in an attempt to kill himself. The student said Cruz wanted to buy a gun for hunting and had drawn a Swastika on his backpack next to the words, “I hate n-----s.” Counselors from Henderson advised police that Cruz “was not a risk to harm himself or anyone else” because he was on a treatment plan for ADHD, depression and autism. Peterson "refused to share any information" with social worker about incident.
1/19/2017 — An assistant principal suspends Cruz for “low assault” and he's referred for threat assessment.
2/2/2017 — Cruz bought an AR-15 from Sunrise Tactical Supply -- one of at least 10 guns he purchased after turning 18. Around the same time, Cruz transferred out of the high school to Off Campus Learning Centers, an alternative program for students to make up credits that does not offer mental health services. A security guard at the Rock Island OCLC said he never had problems with Cruz while he took classes there.
9/24/2017 — A Mississippi bail bondsman, Ben Bennight told the FBI that a commenter identifying himself as “Nikolas Cruz” had left a message on his YouTube channel that read, "I’m going to be a professional school shooter."
11/1/2017 — After suffering pneumonia for a few days, Lynda Cruz died, leaving Cruz, then 18, and his brother under the care of a family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps, who took the brothers to live with her in a trailer.
11/24/2017 — Deschamps called police after a fight broke out between Cruz and her oldest son, Rock. Deschamps told the police dispatcher that Cruz had “bought tons of ammo,” “has used a gun against people before” and “has put the gun to others heads in the past,” according to the dispatcher’s notes. Soon after, Rock threw Cruz out of the trailer because of his volatile attitude and access to guns.
11/27/2017 — Cruz’s little brother, still a minor, stopped attending class at the high school. A school social worker called police and was “concerned that legal guardianship was never filed,” according to the notes. Palm Beach County deputies performed a wellness check at the Deschamps, but they weren’t home. There was no follow-up.
11/30/2017 — A few days after moving in with the Sneads, a caller from Massachusetts told a dispatcher from the Broward Sheriff’s Office that Cruz was collecting guns and knives. A Broward Sheriff’s deputy said he referred the caller to Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office because the caller said he believed Cruz lived in Lake Worth.
1/5/2018 — A woman close to Cruz’s family alerts the FBI she is concerned about Cruz owning guns, posting on Instagram that he wanted to kill people, and that he may go shoot up a school “I’m afraid this is, something’s gonna happen,” the caller said, according to an FBI transcript first reported by the Wall Street Journal. “I just think about, you know, getting into a school and just shooting the place up.” But an agent never called her back.
2/14/2018 — Cruz walks into Marjory Stoneman Douglas and is accused of killing 17 students and school employees.