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More Parkland parents sue FBI over botched tips about school shooter

Mario Ariza, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Another set of parents are suing the FBI over how the agency botched tips about the Parkland shooter, leading to their child's death in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Andrew Pollack and Shara Kaplan, the parents of Meadow Pollack, who was 17 when she was shot a total of nine times during the massacre, filed their lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

The lawsuit resembles ones filed by the parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Carmen Schentrup in November 2018. Guttenberg and Schentrup also were killed in the school shooting.

Their parents sued the FBI, saying the agency was liable for their deaths.

Pollack's suit is similar. It argues that the FBI bears responsibility for the deaths, given that it was sitting on two separate tips about Nikolas Cruz's violent behavior, mental instability and large cache of firearms.

According to the complaint, the FBI received its first tip about Cruz in October 2017, five months before the shooting.

 

A Mississippi bail bondsman with a YouTube channel received a message from Cruz that read, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter."

The affidavit states that the bail bondsman was interviewed by two FBI agents shortly afterward, but the FBI file on Cruz was closed out by October 2019.

Then, just one month before the shooting, the FBI's tip line received a much more substantial and specific warning about Cruz from an anonymous caller.

"I know he's going to explode," the anonymous caller told the FBI tip line operator, before going into a detailed account of Cruz's disturbing social media activity, in which the young man displayed "all kinds of rifles" and posted photographs of small animals he had killed.

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