On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz shot 14 students and 3 staff members at Stoneman Douglas High School in one of the worst shootings in recent history. Since then, everyone has been digging into the life of Cruz and trying to find all of the pieces that led to this event, and what could have been done to prevent it. A new piece of the puzzle has recently emerged that brings light to another way this situation could have been stopped.
Scot Peterson, a former Sheriff's Office Deputy, was on scene at Stoneman Douglas during the shooting, but never entered the building to stop the shooter. When the public found out about his lack of action, he resigned from the force. That isn’t the only part Scot had to play in the shooting as it would turn out.
A psychological assessment service, Henderson Behavioral Health, released documents they had about Cruz, based on an assessment his mother had requested. In September of 2016, two school counselors and a school resource officer recommended that Cruz be involuntarily committed. The school resource officer who made the recommendation turned out to be none other than Scot Peterson.
There is no record or evidence that Cruz was ever actually committed. Had Cruz been involuntarily committed, it would have made it difficult, if not impossible, for Cruz to have been able to legally purchase any gun, like the AR-15 he used to commit the murders. If only Cruz had been committed, we might never have had to know his name.