Transcript of Parkland shooter's confession released to public

Parkland School Shooting Alleged Gunman Sought Help Administration 'Did Not Follow Through&apos

It lays out in abundant detail why Cruz needed the school system's therapeutic services.

A group of police officers stand guard in front of the side entrance of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Last week, the Sun-Sentinel released a report about Cruz's time in the general population at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which found that Cruz had requested to be placed in a special education school, but that school officials "did not follow through".

Cruz's attorneys, however, have painted the confessed shooter as an individual with severe and complex psychological problems.

"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", the SunSentinel quoted the school board court pleading.

Myrick said the decision to file a contempt request "was made in somewhat of an emergency basis ... to notify the court the Sun Sentinel had defied a court order".

The Associated Press and other media organizations limited their Friday reports to the blacked-out version, which was more general in nature.

A short time later while apparently alone in the room, he spontaneously says "Kill me". He said he bought the rifle because it was "cool looking". "When you see me on the news, you'll all know who I am", he said.

Cruz also said he tried to kill himself by drinking because he was lonely, and with an over-the-counter pain reliever after his mom died. A lawyer for the Sun Sentinel declined to comment, and no hearing has been set before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer.

Another judge approved the redactions as well.

The attack was among the worst mass shootings in modern American history.

"This statement is just more proof of how severely damaged and broken a human being he is", Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender representing the suspect, wrote in an email Monday.

Without directly criticizing the schools, the consultant, the Collaborative Educational Network of Tallahassee, recommended that the district reconsider how cases like Cruz's are handled.

Three days after he was forced to withdraw from the school because of his failing grades, Cruz purchased the AR-15 he used in the deadly mass shooting on February 14.

Months prior, Cruz had reportedly been flagged by school officials who believed he should be committed. According to the transcript, he expressed a desire to die repeatedly and once asked "Why didn't he kill me?" when the detective left the room.

In Cruz's junior year, after he had already begun exhibiting behavior so disturbing it led to guidance counselors wanting to have him committed, the teenager sat down with education specialists to discuss his options for further schooling. The report draws no conclusions about what role that played in the shooting.

He said the voice told him the day before and that morning "to hurt people".

"It should not be insinuated or suggested at all that we wanted to redact or hide portions from the public", Runcie told the Sun Sentinel.

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