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Nicolas Cruz, ‘Troubled Teen’ or ‘Sinister Psychopath

Yesterday, 17 people were killed in a vicious school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a suburban town in Broward County. The shooting occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School and marks the eighth school shooting of 2018 in the US that resulted in injury or death. The shooter, 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz, was a former student at Stoneman Douglas High. The suspect opened fire on faculty and students Wednesday afternoon. During the school’s lockdown, the shooter was apprehended by police. Cruz was later charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Cruz fits the typical mold of the ‘American school shooter’ persona. Almost immediately, media outlets began releasing information regarding the suspect’s life and ‘troubled past.’ It’s almost cringe-worthy to see some of the reporting. Countless news stations have broke stories of Cruz being an adoptee, a troubled teen struggling with the loss of his adoptive parents and an alleged diagnosis of autism. What many are failing to point out is just how sinister Cruz’s behavior was in light of the shooting.

According to the New York Times, Cruz was expelled from school for ‘disciplinary reasons.’ The Times also disclosed that the suspect seemed to have an ‘affinity’ for violence and was known for bragging about his firearms, killing animals, and had even been allegedly stalking a female student.

This portrayal of Cruz seems more sociopathic than ‘troubled.’ A few questions arise in the wake of the shooting like: how did Cruz’s behavior slip through the cracks? How did he obtain his firearms? What were his reasons for committing such acts against people he knew and went to school with?

In any matter, as more information is released, one thing is for certain – the media’s use of ‘suspect sympathy’ needs to stop. It’s a slap in the face to every victim of gun violence in America. Whenever there is a mass shooting committed by Caucasians in America, the public response by the media is to label the suspect either ‘mentally unstable’ or ‘troubled.’ Where was the sympathy for victims of police violence like Sandra Bland, a Black college-educated woman who died under mysterious circumstances under police custody? She was labeled ‘angry, belligerent, and in-the-wrong’ when reports of her death reached the media.

As a media outlet, #whereisthebuzzz would like to go on the record by saying that the heinous acts of Nicolas Cruz were the actions of a cold-blooded sociopath with no regard for human life. We will not glorify this killer, but instead, we would like to use this platform to honor the lives of the 17 victims of yesterday’s shooting. Below are some of the names of those who were killed, may they rest in peace.

Alyssa Alhadeff

Scott Beigel

Martin Duque

Nicholas Dworet

Aaron Feis

Jaime Guttenberg

Chris Hixon

Luke Hoyer

Gina Montalto

Joaquin Oliver

Alaina Petty

Meadow Pollack

Alex Schacter

Peter Wang

13 Comments

  • CAROL GRIPSHOVER

    No one dies until it’s their time to go, no matter how they die…unless they take their own life. These 17 people died in a very tragic way, but if they hadn’t died that way, they would have died on that same day in a different way [i.e. a car wreck, an awful illness or choked to death on a bite of food, etc.] Your days are numbered like the hair on your head. God put these 17 people here for a short time for their friends and families to love and learn from, we have no idea why He took them so soon, but He did, and we will never know why, it’s not for us to question God’s reasons for the decisions He makes, we just have to trust His judgement. Prayers to all the victims loved ones.

  • Danny L Burr

    Wishing death to someone shows you have violent tendencies. Maybe the F.B.I. should investigate you. Who knows you might have been involved and went the only witness gone.

    See what I mean? This kid has autism they are in their own world. Yes it’s sad yes it is horrible on both sides. 17 lives lost and a young man who’s life is now wasted. Sad. The whole lot of you.

      • Alma

        Prayers to all family that lost love ones and that god gives them strength & hope to cope with this tradegy due to this person not happy what he did we all need god. Prayer hoping god forgive this boy for doing this tradegy. This is not time hate no-one god will judge this boy in time only he can judge him we are sad, hurt &😠 with this monster but only god can forgive him like he forgave us of our sins we have 2 forgive and love one another pray pray prayers to all and god give all family s peace. So sorry. In time we all will heal in Jesus name lord our prayer guide protect give them strength lord only you know all that they are hurting &were hurt. In Jesus Amen

  • Jean

    He needs to be killed!!!!

    You are a complete worthless piece of shit! Your parents and family should have to pay with their lives for what you did and then it should be you!!!
    If your piece of shit lawyers get you a lesser than death sentence, I can only hope someone gets to you!
    Not even then will it be justice But it’ll be the closest thing to it!

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