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School shooting suspect was referred to discipline program

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Florida school officials now say school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was referred during middle school to a mentoring program aimed at steering children away from the criminal justice system.
  
Critics are calling it a reversal of earlier statements.
  
Following the Valentine's Day shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie had said that Cruz hadn't been in the program.
  
On Monday, the school district clarified that Cruz was referred to the program while at middle school in 2013 but he didn't fully participate. Officials say he did not participate in the program at all while at Stoneman Douglas. The middle school referral came after the school said Cruz got in trouble for vandalizing a bathroom.

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