James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who welcomed Nikolas Cruz into their home after his adoptive mother died in November, described the 19-year-old Florida school shooter as “very polite” and “normal,” during an interview on “Good Morning America” Monday. James Snead and his wife had tried to help Nikolas by letting him move in with them when his adoptive mother died last November. His adoptive father died in 2004.
“The latest school shooting in Florida is the ultimate nightmare,” said Glenn on the show today. “I don’t care who you are, it hurts your heart. Our hearts ache for the families of the murdered and injured students. There aren’t words for this kind of tragedy.”
Besides being a young male, the Florida shooter has something else in common with almost every single mass shooter in recent years — he grew up without a father, noted Glenn. “This isn’t to drum up sympathy for the murderers. And obviously, not everyone who grows up without a father has their life ruined, becomes a criminal, or worse. But America has an epidemic of fatherless homes and we are only getting worse.”
In 1960, just 5 percent of American children were born out of wedlock; today it’s over 40 percent. “Marriage means nothing to people,” Glenn said. “Our society is feeling the stress of more than half a century of this epidemic. So many of our children are lost and it’s getting worse.”