On Tuesday, two students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the mass shooting that took place on February 14, were arrested after they brought knives to school. A third student is also being evaluated after making threats online. Additionally, a school deputy has been suspended for sleeping while on the job.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, as reported by the Sun Sentinel, on Monday, a student notified a police sergeant who was patrolling the school that Deputy Moises Carotti was sleeping in his patrol car.
The sergeant approached Carotti’s vehicle, knocking on the window to wake him up. Carotti was subsequently suspended with pay and an investigation into the incident has been launched by internal affairs.
On Tuesday morning, Jordan Salter, an 18-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested after having a disagreement with a male student in the cafeteria after the student asked Salter’s female friend a sexually offensive question.
Salter, according to a report from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, poured cereal over the male student’s head and then pulled a 2-inch knife from her bra.
On Tuesday afternoon, another student, 17-year-old Gavin Stricker, was reported to have brandished a knife while riding the bus on Monday. When he was called to the school’s office, a 9-inch knife was discovered in his backpack.
According to Stricker’s mother, her son admitted to school authorities that he carried the knife “for protection.”
“I think he was scared as the rest of us were,” she said. “We thought he was doing okay, and I think he wasn’t doing as well as we thought he was.”
Stricker’s sister was in one of the classrooms that was shot up by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz during the mass shooting.
A third student was hospitalized under the Baker Act after images on his Snapchat account began circulating that showed him with a gun in his waistband.
An image of bullets was also on the account. According to the sheriff’s office, one picture had the caption, “Catch me out here n*****,” while another referenced a specific student named “Josh.”
When speaking with officers, the student said the firearm in the image was a BB gun and that the ammunition belonged to his father.
A mental-health evaluation is expected to occur after he was hospitalized for self-inflicted wounds to his left arm. He also faces misdemeanor charges for the social media threat and will be transferred to juvenile hall if he clears the mental-health evaluation.
The incidents come just one day after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz’s brother, Zachary Cruz, was arrested for trespassing at the school.