It has been revealed that officials wanted Nikolas Cruz, 19 - who was responsible for the Parkland shooting last month, to be forcibly committed as they were so concerned about his mental stability.
However, the recommendation was never acted upon.
A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Cruz to obtain a gun legally.
Nikolas Cruz is lead out of the courtroom after an arraignment hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday
Cruz killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded.
But more than a year earlier, documents in the criminal case against Cruz show school officials and a sheriff's deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation.
The documents, which are part of Cruz's criminal case in the shooting, show that he had written the word 'kill' in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend.
He also told another student he had drunk gasoline and was throwing up. Calls had even been made to the FBI about the possibility of Cruz using a gun at school.
Cruz killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded
The documents were provided by a psychological assessment service initiated by Cruz's mother called Henderson Behavioral Health.
The documents show a high school resource officer who was also a sheriff's deputy and two school counselors recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be committed for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act.
That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days.
Rescue workers deal with a victim near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting incident in Parkland
Such an involuntary commitment would also have been a high obstacle if not a complete barrier to legally obtaining a firearm, such as the AR-15 rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas massacre.
There is no evidence Cruz was ever committed. Coincidentally, the school resource officer who recommended that Cruz be 'Baker Acted' was Scot Peterson - the same Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who resigned amid accusations he failed to respond to the shooting by staying outside the building where the killings occurred.
David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, said that an involuntary commitment would have been a huge red flag had Cruz attempted to buy a firearm legally.
'If he had lied, hopefully the verification of the form would have pulled up the commitment paperwork,' Weinstein said.
This news comes after National Walkout Day which took place on Friday where