Florida Shooter May Have Hinted About The Attack On YouTube Months Ago

16 February 2018, 10:57 | Updated: 16 February 2018, 10:59

Florida School shooter Nikolas Cruz
Florida School shooter Nikolas Cruz. Picture: Other

By Josh Lee

The account, which shares a name with the alleged attacker, was terminated hours after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A YouTube channel with the same name as the alleged student who opened fire on a Florida high school this week, killing 17 people in the process, left a chilling comment related to school shootings on a YouTube video mere months ago, BuzzFeed reports.

"I'm going to be a professional school shooter"

On September 24th 2017, YouTuber Ben Bennight reported a comment left on one of his YouTube videos. The note, left by a user called Nicolas Cruz (the same name as the man accused of murdering students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday 14th February) read, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter."

Comment left by Nikolas Cruz on Ben Bennight's YouTube video
Comment left by Nikolas Cruz on Ben Bennight's YouTube video. Picture: Ben Bennight // YouTube

FBI agents took a copy of the screen-shotted comment on September 25th.

FBI agents visited Ben Bennight after Cruz was arrested. "They asked me if I knew who he was. I didn't, I don't," Bennight said. "Then they left." On Thursday 15th February, the FBI confirmed they had investigated the YouTube comment, but were "unable to identify the person who made the comment." The FBI have refused to say whether they have been able to confirm the account links to Cruz.

Nikolas Cruz YouTube account terminated

The YouTube account belonging to person who made the chilling comment was active until Wednesday evening - just hours after the shooting - when it was taken "due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy on violence."

YouTube's battle against terror

YouTube have been accused of not doing enough to combat violent and terror-related content proliferating on the platform, after it was found that suspected terrorists in London discussed how to use YouTube to plot a van and knife attack in the city. Major brands like Pepsi, Wal-Mart and Starbucks also pulled advertising from YouTube last year after their ads were found to appear alongside extremist video content.