Profile picture
Matt Couch 🎙 @RealMattCouch
, 42 tweets, 14 min read Read on Twitter
A Little Info on Nikolas Cruz... The President has every right when you see the facts to criticize the FBI and Law Enforcement in this situation. The Parents that let him move into the home claim they know nothing. They may be telling the truth, time will tell.
School and government records obtained Sunday show Cruz was diagnosed as developmentally delayed at age 3 and had disciplinary issues dating to middle school.
In February 2014, while in 8th grade, Cruz was transferred to a special school for children with emotional and behavioral issues. He stayed there until 10th grade, when he was transferred to Stoneman Douglas. #NikolasCruz
A month after arriving, Cruz was written up for using profanity. Last year, Cruz was expelled.

Knowing what you know, especially with the mental issues, how was he not on a list to not own a firearm.. Just looking at the facts here..

#NikolasCruz
You have to have the following to get a Drivers License..

Good Grades.. that's the #1 thing to get a drivers license in my state.

So if you don't have grades, and you've been expelled from School, obviously they won't let you have a drivers license, why let you own a gun?
On Sept. 28, 2016, an investigator from the Florida Department of Children and Families visited Cruz and his mother, Lynda Cruz, after he posted video on Snapchat showing him cutting himself. #NikolasCruz
The report showed that Cruz had written a racial epithet against African-Americans and a Nazi symbol on his book bag, which his mother had forced him to erase.

#NikolasCruz
The investigator said Cruz was suffering from depression and on medication and had told Lynda Cruz he planned to buy a gun, but she couldn’t determine why.

#NikolasCruz
She said he had been depressed after breaking up with a girlfriend who had been cheating on him, the investigator said. #NikolasCruz
A school counselor told the investigator that Lynda Cruz had always tried to help her son and followed through on his therapy and medication, but the counselor was concerned about the youth’s desire to buy a gun. #NikolasCruz
A crisis counselor told the DCF investigator he had visited the school and that he did not believe Cruz was a danger to himself or others. #NikolasCruz
he case was closed, with the investigator concluding that Cruz was receiving help from his mother and counselors, and “no other referrals or services were needed.” #NikolasCruz
Five days before the shooting, Kimberly Snead took Cruz to the office of a therapist she has been seeing to deal with her grief over her dad’s death. Cruz said he was open to therapy but didn’t like medication. #NikolasCruz
James, 48, is a decorated army veteran and a military intelligence analyst who served stints in the Middle East between 1988 and 1996. Kimberly, 49, is a neonatal intensive care nurse who cares for premature and ill babies. #NikolasCruz
They told Cruz there would be strict rules in their home.

“I told him there’d be rules and he followed every rule to the T,” James said.

The couple both grew up around guns and are comfortable with them, but they insist on gun safety.

#NikolasCruz
They made Cruz buy a locking gun safe to put in his room the day he moved in. Cruz had a handful of guns, including the AR-15 and two other rifles that Snead said would be considered assault rifles. Cruz, a hunter, also had knives, BB guns and pellet guns. #NikolasCruz
Snead thought he had the only key to the cabinet but has figured out Cruz must have kept a key for himself. The family kept their own rifles, bought after a burglary a couple of years ago, in a separate locked cabinet.

#NikolasCruz
They told Cruz he needed to ask permission to take out the guns. He had asked only twice since November. They said “yes” once and “no” once.

Cruz’s mom seemed to have cosseted him.

“He was very naive. He wasn’t dumb, just naive,” James said.

#NikolasCruz
He didn’t know how to cook. They had to show him how to use a microwave. He didn’t know how to do his laundry and also had to learn to pick up after himself.

He didn’t drive but bought a bicycle and rode it to work at a nearby Dollar Tree.

#NikolasCruz
The Sneads had raised their own three boys and jokingly called the process of teaching Cruz “Adulting 101.”

They insisted he enlist in adult education classes run by the school district and drove him to school each day. He didn’t have much time to himself.

#NikolasCruz
He seemed to be doing well and wanted to be an army infantryman. He was excited when an army recruiter visited school recently. #nikolauscruz
So far as they know, Cruz wasn’t particularly close to any of the victims and they don’t know of any resentment he might have had against any of the people who were murdered. They have no clue why he did it.

The night before the massacre seemed just like any other, they said.
Cruz had some odd eating habits. He quietly put a chocolate chip cookie in his steak and cheese sandwich. He went to bed around 8 p.m., which wasn’t unusual.

They said they were sure he was bullied; he was the kind of kid that would attract the attention of a bully. #NikolasCruz
He badly wanted to have a girlfriend and seemed lonely, they said. They don’t know anything about rumors they’ve since heard about a breakup with a girl, stalking or fighting. #NikolasCruz
They also saw no signs of animal cruelty. They are animal lovers, with two dogs and six cats. He’d have been kicked out if he was mean to their animals. Cruz seemed to love their pets.

#NikolasCruz
On Wednesday morning, Cruz told them he didn’t need a ride to school: “It’s Valentine’s Day and I don’t go to school on Valentine’s Day,” he said.

#NikolasCruz
Cruz had a “boxer’s fracture” in his right hand after falling on a step in their house about three weeks ago. They now think he removed the cast on his hand, the second he’d had, the day of the shooting. He’d also removed the first cast. #NikolasCruz
Kimberly last saw him around 10 that morning before she left to run errands. He said he was going fishing and was gone when she returned. She went to sleep because she was supposed to work a night shift that night. #NikolasCruz
Cruz sent their son a few texts that day. In one, he asked what classroom the boy was in. He said he was going to see a movie.

Later he texted he had “something important” he wanted to tell the teen. Then he wrote: “Nothing man.”

#NikolasCruz
They have since figured out those texts were sent during the Uber ride Cruz took to the murder scene. His last text to their son, as Cruz pulled up at the school, said “Yo.” #NikolasCruz
They think Cruz moved out of the home of his late mom’s friend in Lantana because of tension about his guns and a possible misunderstanding about money. #NikolasCruz
Cruz told them he stood to inherit at least $800,000 from his deceased parents. Most of the money would come when he turned 22, he said. The Sneads have since seen paperwork they think supports the claim he was going to be very financially comfortable. #NikolasCruz
Cruz thought the family friend in Lantana was stealing money from him but the Sneads suspect she was innocent and he was just a victim of common identity theft. They reported about $2,900 in fraudulent charges on his debit or credit card. #NikolasCruz
Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, The Sneads said their son called sounding panic-stricken. He was safe but had heard shots fired on campus. He helped classmates flee by climbing a fence to neighboring Westglades middle school. #NikolasCruz
By then, the son had heard a description of the shooter — short with red hair, wearing black pants — and father and son reached the same conclusion: The police suspected Cruz.

Snead told his son to walk to Wal-Mart and he’d come get him.

#NikolasCruz
As Snead drove there, a SWAT commander called his cellphone and asked where his son “Nik” was. Snead told him it wasn’t his son and he didn’t know where Cruz was. #NikolasCruz

No who would respond that way about a kid they took in?
As he kept driving and put two and two together, he became terrified and called the commander back. Snead told the cop the last he knew Nik was home alone with Kimberly: “I need a police presence at my house. Go make sure my wife is OK.” #NikolasCruz

What? That's his response?
Snead called his son to say he needed to check on mom first and drove home: “I was fearing for her life.”

Snead leaves his Teenage son stranded and hauls ass home for his wife?? After a Mass School Shooting.. Are you kidding me America?

#NikolasCruz
Kimberly was sleeping because she was supposed to work the night shift that night. Law enforcement banged on her door with guns drawn, yelling: “Put your hands up.”

#NikolasCruz
When they asked where her son was, she assumed something terrible had happened to her son but soon realized they meant Cruz. They searched the house but already had Cruz in custody elsewhere.

#NikolasCruz
After an emotional reunion of husband and wife, they were brought to Broward Sheriff’s headquarters to be reunited with their son. They later realized he was being questioned by detectives in case he was involved. Investigators quickly figured out he was innocent. #NikolasCruz
As they waited, Cruz was led in to the building, handcuffed and wearing a hospital gown, surrounded by deputies.

Kimberly tried to run at him, James held her back.

“Really, Nik? Really?” she yelled at him.

“He said he was sorry. He apologized. He looked lost, absolutely lost,”
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Matt Couch 🎙
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!