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Local Psychologist says mental health could be a factor in mass shooting

What would push someone to pull the trigger
Posted at 10:57 PM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 08:09:10-05

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla, - The motive is still unclear.

What would bring a 19 year old to senselessly kill his peers?

Students say the suspect in a mass shooting that killed at least 17 and injured dozens of others in at a high school in Broward County had a troubled past.

“He’s been a troubled kid. He’s always had a certain amount of issues going on. He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling,” said one student.

According to the Miami Herald, Cruz was once suspended for brining bullet casings to the school when he was a student there.

“Did they tease him? Did they ostracize? Was he the target of bullying? All of those questions come into play,” said Lauren Mason, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist at The Mind Spa in Naples.

Cruz’s Instagram page which shows him in a mask and holding guns is now under investigation by the FBI.

“We’ve received no warning, no indication, but there will be a thorough investigation,” said Robert Runcie, Broward County Schools Superintendent.

“I have a hard time thinking that no one saw this and thought this kid needs assistance,” Mason said.

Mason says she believes mental health counseling should be provided at all public schools.

Cruz has not had any prior arrests in Broward County.