The entirety of the confession in transcript form adds up to 216 pages, if you subtract one page with the court reporter's certification on it. It lays out in abundant detail why Cruz needed the school system's therapeutic services.
Students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, after a shooter opened fire on the campus. But the report was prepared in a way that anyone could see the entire text after copy-pasting the blacked-out report into a Word document. School officials' attempt to hide the blacked-out text, however, failed, and information about the shooter's school history was subsequently easily accessed.
Julie Anderson, the paper's editor in chief, said events surrounding the February 14th mass shooting are of "the utmost importance to our community".
The document is heavily redacted for statements that could be considered a confession in keeping with Florida law. "This is a clear violation of court orders and constitutes contempt of court".
The report, with almost two-thirds of its content blacked out, was ordered released on Friday.
"I'm sorry, dude", Nikolas Cruz responded.
Cruz bought the rifle legally.
"Personally, I think you're using the demon as an excuse", Curcio said at one point, according to the transcript.
Cruz became defensive of those accusations, and told the detective over and over, "I don't like the demon", before asking for an attorney and ending the interrogation. A lawyer for the Sun Sentinel declined to comment, and no hearing has been set before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer. Cruz's attorneys had wanted it suppressed, saying its disclosure could hinder his right to a fair trial.
Another judge approved the redactions as well. He said he didn't know why he balked at doing it.
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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.
The newspaper reported that officials misinformed Cruz about his options after the failure of efforts to mainstream him at Stoneman Douglas. He paid $200 for each of the magazines he used, and ordered them online, according to the transcript. When the detective presses him as to why he's unsure, Cruz replies, "I don't deserve it". The report draws no conclusions about what role that played in the shooting.
Cruz says he did not go through with it but couldn't explain why. The school board's contempt filing says the redactions were done only to comply with state and federal privacy laws. Prosecutors have ignored these offers so far, saying they will seek the death penalty for the former Stoneman Douglas student, who was indicted on 17 counts of murder in the first degree and another 17 counts of attempted murder.
Attorneys for the suspected gunman have acknowledged his guilt, focusing their efforts instead on arguing that he should be spared a death sentence and offering to have him plead guilty in exchange for life in prison without parole.