A school deputy has been suspended from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after he was found sleeping on the job in his patrol car.
Deputy Moises Carotti has been suspended with pay after a student spotted him asleep at the Parkland, Florida school where 17 people were killed last month.
He was sleeping at the same time that Nikolas Cruz’s brother Zachary, 18, was arrested for trespassing on school grounds.
Zachary Cruz, 18, appeared in court on Tuesday after he was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and charged with trespassing on school grounds
Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the Valentine’s Day massacre.
A student reported Carotti to a sergeant who was patrolling inside the high school around 5pm on Monday.
Carotti, who was in a marked patrol car, was woken up and replaced with another deputy, according to a statement from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
Zachary Cruz (pictured), the brother of Nikolas Cruz, was arrested for trespassing on school grounds. His brother was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the February attack
He will remain suspended during the internal affairs investigation.
Florida Sen Marco Rubio said the incident was ‘impossible to believe’.
‘Of all the schools in America, you think this would be the safest one right now,’ he said in a statement.
‘This is so outrageous it’s almost impossible to believe.’
Cruz was arrested just half an hour before the student spotted Carotti.
Prosecutors said it was the third time Cruz was seen on campus, even though school officials had warned him to stay away.
Cruz told police he wanted to skateboard through the campus to ‘reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in’.
He has been charged with trespassing on school grounds and is being held on a $500,000 bond at the same Ft Lauderdale jail where his brother is.
Prosecutors argued that Cruz had expressed admiration for the fame his brother’s actions had garnered in the wake of the deadly massacre.
His bond was set at an unusually high $500,000 when he faced court via a videolink on Tuesday. He is now being held in the same Fort Lauderdale jail where his gunman brother is
‘Probably most concerning is his contact that he has had with his brother in the jail since his incarceration,’ Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy said at Tuesday’s hearing.
‘He has been heard and observed discussing how popular his brother is now, that his face is everywhere and his name is national.
Murphy said that just weeks after his brother had ‘murdered, injured and terrorized’ at the school, Zachary had gone back.
‘Many (parents) kept their children home today. They have again been terrorized,’ she added.
Florida Gov Rick Scott has requested that an armed police officer be stationed at every entrance of the high school after a string of arrests on campus.
‘Recent events at the school have demonstrated the need for additional security measures to be implemented,’ he said in a letter to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runci.
17 students and staff members were killed at the school on February 14 when former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AK-47
‘I am requesting that immediate action be taken to require an armed law enforcement officer to secure every point of entry at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while students are on campus.’
‘Every student in Florida deserves to know that their school is safe, and every parent deserves to know that their children are being protected.’
All students at the school will also be required to carry see-through backpacks, Superintendent Robert Runcie revealed this week.
18-year-old Jordan Salter, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, was arrested for bringing a knife to school
Runcie said any student without a clear backpack would be provided one at no cost after spring break, which takes place next week.
Three students were arrested at the high school this week, including a sophomore who posted threatening messages on Snapchat that pictured a gun.
In one image, the teen was seen with a weapon tucked into the waistband of his pants. The second photo was of bullets, the department said.
Detectives said both photos had threatening messages, and one was directed at someone named ‘Josh’.
The teen told detectives that the weapon was a BB gun and that he bullets belonged to his father, according to the Sun Sentinel.
An arrest report stated that the student allegedly used the moniker ‘NickCruz’ for an online game he played.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said the teen’s actions interfered with school function and disturbed the peace.
Two other students at the Parkland high school were arrested. One for bringing a knife to school and the other for making threats on Snapchat
The student, who was not identified, faces a misdemeanor charge for making a threat on social media.
He was hospitalized under the Baker Act for being a threat to himself and will be transferred to the Juvenile Assessment Center once he’s medically cleared, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Police also arrested 18-year-old Jordan Salter on Tuesday.
Salter allegedly pulled a two-inch knife out of her bra during an incident involving another student in the cafeteria. It’s not clear if she will face any charges.
In a separate incident Monday, 16-year-old Gavin Stricker was arrested for brandishing a knife on the bus.
Police said when school officials searched the teen’s backpack they found he was carrying a 9-inch blade.
The school has been on high alert ever since the devastating incident
The boy’s mother, Amanda Stricker, said he brought the weapon to school for protection. She told detectives that her daughter was in one of the classrooms that Cruz shot up. The girl survived the rampage.
‘I think he was as scared as the rest of us were,’ she said about her son. ‘We thought he was doing okay, and I think he wasn’t doing as well as we thought he was.’
Last month Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson was placed on restricted assignment after security camera footage showed him lingering outside the school while Cruz roamed the corridors firing at students.
Peterson was branded a coward by President Trump and slammed by surviving students, but claimed he believed the shooter was outside the school.
The 54-year-old chose to resign and retire rather than face an internal affairs investigation.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that Peterson should have ‘went in, address the killer, kill the killer,’ saying the apparent inaction left him ‘Devastated. Sick to my stomach. There are no words.’