Sheriff Scott Israel [of Parkland, Florida] confirmed that the armed deputy stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last week's mass shooting "never went in" the building, despite the fact that "he clearly knew there was a shooting."
The only armed security guard on campus during the Parkland shooting “never went in” to the building to try to take down the suspect, says Sheriff Scott Israel. The officer resigned after security footage showed him “seeking cover behind a concrete column" during the shooting.— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 22, 2018
Deputy Scot Peterson resigned Thursday, after Israel reviewed surveillance video that showed him failing to engage the shooter, The New York Times reports.
According to Israel, Peterson arrived at the freshman building where the shooting took place 90 seconds after the first shots were fired, then lingered outside for at least 4 minutes.
JUST IN: Broward Sheriff says armed school resource deputy who was on duty at Stoneman Douglas the day of the shooting has been suspended without pay pending investigation; Sheriff Israel says the deputy opted to resign/retire. https://t.co/WyLmaDb2n0 pic.twitter.com/ApSeQbZV70— ABC News (@ABC) February 22, 2018
“He clearly knew there was a shooting,” said @browardsheriff, who called the lack of action devastating and said the officer was outside the building the entire time.— Stephanie Wash (@WashNews) February 22, 2018
The officer was suspended without pay – but decided to retire.
Sheriff Israel told reporters that he was "devastated."
"There are no words. These families lost their children. We lost coaches. I've been to the funerals. I've been to the homes where they sit in shiva. I've been to the vigils," Israel continued.
“Never went in” Sheriff said. Officer “clearly” could hear gunfire— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 22, 2018
Sheriff: “Devastated.Sick to my stomach. There are no words.These families lost their children. We lost coaches. I’ve been to the funerals. I’ve been to the homes where they sit in shiva. I’ve been to the vigils”
What do you think about all of this?
An armed, trained guard heard shooting yet didn't enter fray in FL but a regular teacher is expected to?— Alison Rosen (@AlisonRosen) February 23, 2018
So, to recap:— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) February 22, 2018
-FBI knew about the shooter
-Local PD knew about the shooter
-Had previously used a gun
-Armed guard stood outside and did nothing
Literally everyone failed in this situation
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had an armed guard. So did Columbine High School. Va Tech has 50 full-time police officers + a dozen private security guards. Fort Hood has 1,000-soldiers in 89th MP Brigade. Cops & guards are great - but can't solve pblm alone.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 21, 2018
for the rest of his life despite making a decision nearly everyone would have made.— Travis Allen 🌊 (@TravisAllen02) February 23, 2018
This is why we must focus on common sense gun laws to prevent a situation like this from ever occurring again.
More guns will only compound the problem. (2/2)
The apparent hesitation of the parkland school’s armed guard is another reason why arming everyone is backwards. It’s basically requiring we all agree to live in the Wild West instead of doing anything to prevent the shootings from happening on this mass scale at all.— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) February 22, 2018
The only armed security guard on campus during a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week “never went in” to a building to try to take down the shooting suspect, officials said. https://t.co/qdzWBSLHHN pic.twitter.com/mYxmtrK7QQ— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 23, 2018