[Ed. – Clearly, stationing armed guards at schools is a deterrent only if the people chosen for the job have the cojones to do it.]
The armed school resource officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School “never went in” last Wednesday while a gunman opened fire on students with an AR-15 rifle, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said. The massacre police say was perpetrated by former student Nikolas Cruz left 17 dead and 15 wounded.
Scot Peterson, the school resource deputy, was “absolutely” on campus through the event, armed and in uniform, Israel said Thursday. After seeing video and reviewing witness statements and Peterson’s own statement, Israel said he decided to suspend Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation.
Peterson chose to resign, Israel said.
Israel said the video shows Peterson arriving at the west side of Building 12 and taking up a position, but he didn’t go inside. Israel said Peterson “clearly” knew there was a shooter in the building and was outside for about four minutes. The shooting lasted about six minutes, Israel said.
When asked what the deputy should have done, Israel said, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”