In one tirade against his biological mother, Cruz said: "My real mom was a Jew".
Cruz says going through the "funeral process" can help people get through tough times. "We must confront this problem", he said.
"DCF is absolutely heartbroken and disgusted by last week's tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School", DCF secretary Mike Carroll said.
His appearance comes five days after the Douglas High School shooting. She was also remembered as a creative writer with a memorable smile. Since 2010, Broward Sheriff's deputies had been called to the Cruz family home on 39 occasions.
The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.
"The mother said if they had any suspicion that he was violent, was capable of anything like this, he would have never stepped foot in her house".
Cruz has admitted killing 17 people at the school in Parkland, an affluent, middle-class suburb of Miami, on Valentine's Day.
The charges can bring the death penalty, but prosecutors have not yet said if they will seek capital punishment.
"My princess wasn't safe in that school", Pollack said.
The legislation includes new age restrictions for gun purchases, a ban on bump stocks and gun violence restraining orders.
"Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn't going to cut it".
The Senate is considering a wide array of measures that also include boosting spending on mental health programs for schools and giving law-enforcement greater power to involuntarily hold someone considered a danger to themselves.
He was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with 17 counts of murder.
U.S. president Donald Trump called local politicians and the school's principal from his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, resort on Saturday to express condolences, offer support and receive updates, a White House spokeswoman said.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the president had spoken to Sen.
The investigation that followed revealed troubling signs: Cruz "stated he plans to go out and buy a gun".
Sanders said, "While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system".
Trump has been a strong supporter of gun rights and the National Rifle Association.
Florida State Sen. Bill Galvano, who visited the third floor, said authorities told him it appeared that Cruz tried to fire point-blank out the third-floor windows at students as they were leaving the school, but the high-impact windows did not shatter.
"Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the FBI's admission that they failed to take action after receiving information on January 5, 2018, regarding "[Nikolas] Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting".
Once, the teen even hit his mom, Lynda Cruz, with a vacuum cleaner hose, and cruelly called her "a useless b***h" according to the reports, obtained by CNN.
The Florida Department of Children and Families had been alerted to posts on Snapchat of Cruz cutting both his arms and expressing interest in buying a gun, according to the report. "Because this wasn't the person that we knew, not at all". But they said they had firm rules about keeping them locked up and said they believed - apparently incorrectly - they had the only key.