Documents do not show that Cruz was ever committed, nor is it known why Peterson did not act on his own recommendation.
Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.
As a criminal case is being built against confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High gunman Nikolas Cruz, more information is surfacing about his past.
Such drastic measures could have potentially prevented or made it more hard for Cruz to buy the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that he used in his Valentine's Day rampage through the school that he was expelled from.
This is a developing story.
Cruz is the younger brother 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz who opened fire inside Stoneman Douglas, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others on February 14. Calls were made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the possibility of Cruz shooting up the school.
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He was being held at the same Broward County jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale where his brother is being held, jail records on Monday night showed. The AP reports that Peterson, as the School Resource Officer at the high school, had the ability to involuntarily commit someone under the Baker Act. That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days.
The brother of Nikolas Cruz, Zachary Cruz (center) leaves the courtroom after his brother's arraignment on March 14 in a frame grab provided by WSVN-TV.
The records are from Henderson Behavioral Health, a local clinic that school officials called for help dealing with Mr. Cruz.
Mr. Cruz denied telling another student that he wanted to use a gun or that he had ingested gasoline, the documents say. (Cruz) states that he cut because he was lonely, states that he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports that his grades had fallen. Cruz was indicted on 34 counts of permitted murder and attempted murder. "(Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up". Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty if he is convicted.
Zachary Cruz has been living with a family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps, in Lantana since the death of his mother in November.