Parkland, Fla. (AP) — The particular suspect in a deadly rampage in a Florida high school is a troubled teen who posted disturbing material upon social media before the shooting spree that will killed at least 17 people, based on a law enforcement official and previous schoolmates.
Broward Region Sheriff Scott Israel said the particular 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, have been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for " disciplinary factors. "
" We don' t know the specifics, " the sheriff said.
However , Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old junior, said Cruz was removed last school year after a battle with his ex-girlfriend' s new sweetheart. She said Cruz had been violent to his girlfriend.
School officials said Cruz has been attending another school in Broward County after his expulsion.
Broward Region Mayor Beam Furr said throughout an interview with CNN that the player with the dice was getting treatment at a psychological health clinic for a while, but which he hadn' t been back to the particular clinic for more than a year.
" This wasn' t like there wasn' t concern for him, " Furr said.
" We try to maintain our eyes out on those children who aren' t connected… Many teachers try to steer them towards some kind of connections…. In this case, we didn' t find a way to connect with this child, " Furr said.
Israel said researchers were dissecting the suspect' t social media posts.
" And some of the issues that have come to mind are very, very troubling, " he added without elaborating.
Daniel Huerfano, a student who fled Wednesday' s attack, said he known Cruz from an Instagram picture in which Cruz posed with a weapon in front of his face. Huerfano remembered Cruz as a shy student plus remembered seeing him walking around together with his lunch bag.
" He was that strange kid that you see… like a loner, " he added.
Dakota Mentcher, the 17-year-old junior, said he was once close friends with Cruz but hadn' t seen him in more than the usual year following his expulsion from practice.
" He started progressively getting a little more strange, " Mentcher said.
Mentcher recalled Johnson posting on Instagram about eliminating animals and said he had discussed doing target practice in his back garden with a pellet gun.
" He started pursuing one of my friends, threatening her, and am cut him off from there, " Mentcher said.
" I think everyone experienced in their minds if anybody would definitely do it, it was going to be your pet, " Mentcher said.
Broward County College District Superintendent Robert Runcie informed reporters on Wednesday afternoon which he did not know of any threats presented by Cruz to the school.
" Generally you see in these situations that there possibly could have been signs out there, " Runcie said. " I would be taking a chance at this point if there were, but we all didn' t have any alerts. There weren' t any calls or threats that we know of which were made. "
However , a teacher informed The Miami Herald that Johnson may have been identified as a potential threat to students. Jim Gard, a mathematics teacher who said Cruz have been in his class last year, said this individual believes the school had sent out a message warning teachers that Cruz shouldn' t be allowed on campus with a backpack.
" There were problems with your pet last year threatening students, and I suppose he was asked to depart campus, " Gard said.
This tale has been corrected to show that Dakota Mentcher, not Victoria Olvera, mentioned, " I think everyone had within their minds if anybody was going to get it done, it was going to be him. "