FLORIDA -- The brother of the teen accused of fatally shooting 17 people on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is launching a nationwide anti-bullying initiative aimed at de-isolating troubled students.
Zachary Cruz, the 18-year-old brother of Nikolas Cruz, is currently on probation after being charged with trespassing at the campus following the massacre. He was ordered to wear a GPS ankle monitor and have no contact with Parkland survivors or victim families.
He was arrested again on May 1 for violating the conditions of his probation by allegedly driving without a valid driver's license and being within 25 feet of the parking lot of a high school in Lake Worth. Shortly thereafter, a Broward County judge allowed him to move to Virginia and serve the rest of his probation there.
An organization that typically aids jailed immigrants paid for Cruz's relocation to Staunton, Virginia, where the Palm Beach Post reported he would get a rent-free apartment and job that paid $13 per hour with benefits. That same organization, Nexus Services, is backing Cruz's new initiative, which is called WIN and stands for "We Isolate No-one."
Cruz says the project will include the launch of youth-run student chapters and the unveiling of a 24-hour anti-bullying hotline.
According to CNN, Cruz told investigators that he and friends had bullied his brother: the accused shooter Nikolas Cruz. And, he now reportedly regrets his actions.
Cruz held a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Washington D.C. Watch the full press conference below.
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