FBI could have prevented 17 murders at Parkland school, parents say in lawsuit
By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer
Posted: 5:41 PM, November 13, 2018 Updated: 6:28 PM, November 13, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Frederic and Jennifer Guttenberg, the parents of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 victims of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the FBI of negligence.
FBI agents and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies received warnings from people who were concerned about accused shooter Nikolas Cruz’s propensity to violence, which included mutilating animals. BSO received reports about Cruz’s threatening posts on social media.
Among the reports mentioned in the lawsuit was a Jan. 5 warning to the FBI about Cruz’s “violent and suicidal behavior since his mother’s death” and information that he “had been acquiring guns, including rifles” and ammunition.
Frederic Guttenberg received a message from the FBI about “tragic mistakes that were about to become public.” Days later, the FBI issued a statement admitting agents had violated established protocols.
They are seeking wrongful death damages for their losses, “including lost support and services, lost society, mental pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical and funeral expenses and any other damages recoverable,” the lawsuit claims.
Attorneys Steven C. Marks, Kristina M. Infante and Dayron Silverio of Podhurst Orseck are representing Frederic and Jennifer Guttenberg.