JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi bail bondsman got an eerie message in September that took on a whole new feel in the wake of the mass shooting in at a Florida high school Wednesday.
It was “Nikolas Cruz.”
That’s the name of the 19-year-old accused of entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wearing a gas mask, pulling a fire alarm, and opening fire on the students as they tried to evacuate. Seventeen people, including a football coach lost their lives in the attack.
Ben Bennight has a YouTube channel called “BenTheBondsman” where he posts videos about things that happen in his line of work. That leads to a lot of crazy comments, he said.
Being familiar with criminal matters and law enforcement, Bennight, who works for AFAB Bail Bonds in D’Iberville, Miss., took a screenshot and reported the post. According to the video he posted Wednesday night, he then contacted the FBI.
“I wish I could have given them more information but it was just a comment on my channel,” he said.
YouTube removed the offensive comment. Bennight tried to send it to “firstname.lastname@example.org,” an email address he found online. It bounced back.
So he called his local field office.
“I called and left a message. The next day I had two FBI agents standing in my office taking down my information, taking copies of the screenshot, asking questions of course I couldn’t answer,” he said.
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