The Latest: Commission: Diversion played no role in massacre

The Latest: Commission: Diversion played no role in massacre
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, groups of students leave Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students and teachers at a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 told investigators how they watched classmates die, had bullets whiz past them and huddled in fear until they were rescued by police, in some of the most dramatic records released from the Valentine’s Day massacre, Friday, June 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a commission investigating the February massacre at a Florida high school (all times local):

11 a.m.

The commission investigating the Florida high school massacre agreed that a diversion program for students who commit minor on-campus crimes played no part in the February shooting.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission learned that the 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz was referred to the Promise Program in 2013 as an eighth grader after he broke a handle on a bathroom faucet. There are questions over whether Cruz completed the three days he was assigned to the program, but the commission’s chairman called the issue “a red herring.”

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said even if Cruz had been charged criminally, he would have, at worst, been given a short sentence of community service. Cruz is charged with killing 17 at the school on Feb. 14.

The commission brings together law enforcement, education and mental health officials along with legislators and the parents of student victims. It will prepare a report by Jan. 1.

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10 a.m.

A commission investigating the Florida high school massacre learned that the suspect’s late mother allowed him to buy a gun even though his mental health counselors opposed the idea.

The chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission told members Tuesday that Lynda Cruz was “an enabler” who interfered with efforts to get her son Nikolas treatment.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Lynda Cruz told counselors, “If he wants to have a gun, he could have a gun.” Lynda Cruz died in November. Investigators say her 19-year-old son killed 17 at Stoneman Douglas three months later.

The commission brings together law enforcement, education and mental health officials along with legislators and the parents of student victims. It will prepare a report by Jan. 1.