President Donald Trump struck a solemn tone Thursday after the deadly school shooting in Florida, describing a "scene of awful violence, hatred and evil" and promising to "tackle the hard issue of mental health", but avoiding any mention of guns. "The FBI director needs to resign". Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem.
A teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school was reportedly investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support.
In 2015, a breakdown in the FBI's background-check system helped a white supremacist purchase a weapon and kill nine people at a historically black church in SC.
The suspected gunman, captured shortly after the shooting, was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old student at the school who was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters says Trump will not make the trip that had been meant to promote the president's infrastructure proposal. In a statement, the FBI admitted that this information, received on January 5, should have been assessed as "a threat to life" and passed on to the FBI Miami Field Office, where further investigation would have taken place.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he wanted the Justice Department to study how mental illness affected criminal behaviour, to better understand how law enforcement could use existing laws to prevent school shootings.
In addition to the call, a video blogger said he warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as Cruz.
President Trump drew outrage after he didn't talk about gun control in his address to the nation Thursday
Mr. Trump said no that child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school.
Cruz has admitted to the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit reported by The New York Times and others. "I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public".
Trump, who owns a private club in Palm Beach, Florida about 40 miles from Parkland, said Thursday he was making plans to visit the grieving community.
Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families.