'Kill me': Parkland shooting suspect's alleged confession to police released

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students spent the summer relaxing, working and some participated in internships.

According to a review of that meeting featured in the new report, school officials left out one crucial fact: Cruz was still entitled to special assistance at Stoneman Douglas if he chose to stay. 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.

The school district has asked that the Sun Sentinel and two of its reporters who published the private information be held in contempt of court for taking advantage of the school system's mistake.

In May, prosecutors released three short videos Cruz recorded on his cellphone before the shooting, in which he said that he wanted his name to be remembered along with other perpetrators of mass shootings.

The Sun Sentinel's story painted the district in an unfavorable light, alleging that Cruz showed ample signs of needing therapeutic and special education services but did not receive them due to multiple school errors.

"I'm not", Cruz responded. I know I made it seem like when we were growing up that I hated you. but truth is.

Several times when the detective left the room, Cruz spoke to himself saying, "Kill me". A lawyer for the Sun Sentinel declined to comment, and no hearing has been set before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer.

Documents released Monday by the Broward County state attorney's office include a transcript of Cruz's conversation with a detective after his arrest on the day of the shooting, February 14.

Joe Raedle  Getty Images People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting Feb. 14 2018 in Parkland Florida
Joe Raedle Getty Images People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting Feb. 14 2018 in Parkland Florida

Another judge approved the redactions as well.

Sun Sentinel Editor-in-Chief Julie Anderson said the events surrounding the mass shooting are of "the utmost importance to our community", and it is the paper's duty to provide that information to its readers.

"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.

The consultant's report describes Cruz as a young person with "clinically significant levels of hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, and depression behaviors and feelings at school". This misinformation led Cruz to refuse special education services, and because he was 18 by then, he could make such decisions without parental involvement.

Asked why he didn't go on a killing spree then, Cruz said: "I ..." The report draws no conclusions about what role that played in the shooting. She said she never consulted the school board despite filing the action on the board's behalf.

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie said his officials did not intend to post the report with the redacted portions accessible. The details accidentally revealed don't alter any of the conclusions, he said.

A Broward County grand jury indicted the 19-year-old Cruz in March on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree, and a judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf during his arraignment.

Instead, Michael J. Satz, the state attorney, is seeking the death penalty.