Florida school district plans to tear down building where shooting took place

FBI received a tip about Florida shooting suspect but didn't follow

FBI received a tip about Florida shooting suspect but didn't follow

Staff from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been praised for selflessly protecting their students from the crazed teenage shooter.

The agency added that the warning should have been forwarded to the FBI's Miami field office for further investigation, but "we have determined that these protocols were not followed".

FBI Director Christopher Wray said that they are "still investigating the facts".

The FBI said a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the agency warning he was an armed psycho who might shoot up a school.

But no action was taken, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and if found guilty, could face the death penalty.

"We will make this a top priority", Sessions said in a statement.

The revelation comes as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have criticized the FBI for its conduct of investigations into both his campaign and that of Hillary Clinton.

Families of victims and local officials lashed out at Washington after the shooting for long inaction on gun policy. "The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment".

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"The only question is, does he live or does he die?" Executive Chief Public Defender Gordon Weeks said Cruz was placed under a suicide watch.

The shooting has raised questions among anguished parents about the adequacy of school security measures and renewed a national debate on Capitol Hill and elsewhere about the epidemic of gun violence in U.S. schools.

The FBI has acknowledged getting that tip as well but failing to connect it to the accused gunman.

"We have already begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things. are very, very disturbing", Sheriff Scott Israel said late on Wednesday.

From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears that Cruz was unstable and violent to himself and those around him - and that when notified about his threatening behavior, law enforcement did little to stop it. Since the NRA wants to always blame mass shootings on mental illness, why not invest millions into mental health?

The funeral of Meadow Pollack, an 18-year-old senior who had been headed to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, was up next with more ceremonies to follow in the wake of the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in US history. Former classmates have described him as a social outcast trouble-maker with a fascination for weaponry. Outside a vigil on Friday, a sign read: "Kids don't need guns. No guns under 21".

Trump visits school "shattered" by shootingPhoto Mourners leave the funeral of Meadow Pollack, a victim of the shooting in Parkland.

A law enforcement expert explained to me this week that students who are evacuated from a school where shots have been fired are told to raise their arms as they run to safety so police can see that they don't have a gun in their hands.

"Parents and students have resoundingly told me they can't go back into that building regardless of what we do", Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Friday.