The media can be a double-edged sword in terms of reporting on mass killers. In one hand you have an alleged killer who almost always seeks fame for their hideous acts of violence. In the other hand, people need answers and closure to what happened.
The newly released video, filmed by the Parkland shooter just before carrying out his carnage, shows an obviously troubled young man whose thirst for fame was at least part of the motive behind the killings.
This premeditated and calculated confession offers incite into whats driving people, like the Parkland shooter, to commit these crimes. It should be a time of reflection into how we handle future would-be killers.
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The videos are grim warnings of what was to come. In three recordings released Wednesday, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., declared with chilling certainty what would happen. He announced plans to become a school shooter, detailed how many people he hoped to murder and gloated about the infamy he would gain from such a massacre.
“When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am,” he says before laughing. “You’re all going to die!”
The brief footage offers a macabre glimpse of Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested not long after the Feb. 14 shooting and could face the death penalty. One of the videos appeared to have been filmed the day of the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Authorities have not explained why they believe the teenager carried out the shooting. His guilt has not been questioned. Police said he confessed, and his attorneys readily admit he was the gunman. Yet even as it emerged after the massacre that he was a troubled young man with a pattern of disturbing behavior and alleged violence, what motivated him to open fire remains unanswered.