Nikolas Cruz's Counselors Wanted to Commit Him Over Mental Health Fears a Year Before Shooting

The Parkland school shooting suspect was almost forcibly committed over mental health concerns just over a year prior to the attack, court documents have revealed.

Documents obtained by the Associated Press have revealed that Nikolas Cruz, 19, who is accused of killing 17 people and injuring others in the Florida school shooting on February 14, was recommended to be committed for a mental health check by two schools counselors and a resource officer who also worked as a sheriff's deputy.

The recommendations came after Cruz's behavior caused concern; he had reportedly told a classmate he wanted to buy and use a gun, wrote the word "kill" in a notebook, and cut himself.

According to one such document obtained by AP, Cruz "reports that he cut his arms 3-4 weeks ago and states that this is the only time he has ever cut. (Cruz) states that he cut because he was lonely, states that he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports that his grades had fallen. (Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up."

There is no evidence to suggest the teen was ever taken into the care of mental health professionals, however, reports from AP suggest that if such action had been taken, Cruz may have been prevented from buying a firearm such as the AR-15 rifle that was used on the school shooting.

There were also reportedly calls made to the FBI which raised concerns about Cruz, in particular, that he had the potential to carry out an attack at his school.

Indeed, CNN reported at the end of February that one caller contacted the bureau at the beginning of the year concerned that Cruz was "going to explode."

"I just want to, you know, get it off my chest in case something does happen and I do believe something's going to happen," the caller said according to a phone transcript that was seen by CNN warning the FBI about a potential school shooting.

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