Metal detectors delayed at Florida school where 17 died

Erika Holt
August 8, 2018

However, metal detectors that students and parents were counting on will not have been installed.

Secondly, the school district "did not follow through" when Cruz requested to return to the Cross Creek therapeutic school for disabled students, the report states. However, a judge entered a plea of not guilty on Cruz's behalf after he stood mute to the charges in March.

The 216-page transcript of the statement, which his defense attorneys had sought to suppress, was released Monday by the state attorney's office overseeing the case, under a state judge's order.

Gordon Weekes, Cruz's public defender, said he had no comment.

The detective asked if the supposed voice had given specific instructions related to the massacre, including the fact that Cruz took an Uber to the high school. Cruz answered, "I don't know." and then when pressed by the detective why he didn't know he told him, "I don't deserve it".

Read the redacted version of what Cruz said during a videotaped interview below.

When the officer briefly left the room to look for water anyway, Cruz said to himself: "Kill me, just kill me". At another point when Curcio left the room, he repeats over and over: "Why didn't he kill me?"

Cruz said he tried to kill himself with an over-the-counter pain reliever after his mom died and years earlier had tried to drink himself to death because he was lonely. "At the end you are nothing but worthless, dude".

At a later time, he allegedly remarked, "I want to die".

The transcript shows Cruz telling the Detective John Curcio that he started hearing a voice in his head for years, since after his father died. As reported byTime, one part of the transcript that's most troubling is Nikolas detailing how a voice in his head - "the evil side" - is what told him to do the school shooting.

Curcio asked what the voice told him.

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The detective asked Cruz what the demon told him to do.

"Burn. Kill. Destroy", he replied.

Curcio told Cruz he doesn't believe the voice exists, but Cruz insisted it was there and said he wanted to see a psychiatrist.

"I hear demons. a voice, demon voice", he said, adding that the voice had told to hurt people on the night before the shooting.

"You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for marijuana".

"I, personally, think you're using the demon as an excuse", the detective said. You could have stopped the demon by getting a prescription for Xanax.

When asked if he remembers going to school, Cruz said, "It's blank".

"Kill me", he muttered to himself, finishing with a stream of despairing expletives.

"They opted to report, publicly, information that this court had ordered to be redacted despite agreeing, on the record, that this information was protected by both Florida and federal law", said the school district wrote in the court filing.

Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, roamed the hallways of the 1200 building on campus February 14 for several minutes, targeting victims huddled in classrooms on the first and second floors, killing 14 students and three school employees in one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.

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