Police officer was paid $75,000 a year to protect the school. Instead he ran away and never fired a shot. Resigns to collect a 33-year pension instead.
In shocking breaking news, it has been discovered that an armed police officer was on school grounds during the massacre in last week’s mass shooting in Florida.
Amazingly this man, who was supposed to defend the school, “never went in” the building to confront the killer while the shooter was active. This information was confirmed by the Broward County Florida Sheriff during a news conference on Thursday. He never went in!
Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson, who was the resource officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, instead made the choice to "take up a position" outside the building for “upwards of four minutes.”
When asked what the proper course of action would have been on that day in which 17 were killed and over a dozen more injured, Israel said the officer should have gone into the building and "killed the killer.”. See the full video clip of these remarks below:
Sheriff Israel lamented that Peterson did "nothing", and in response the sheriff decided to suspend the officer without pay, as well as placing him under and internal affairs investigation for failing to properly do his job.
Rather than face the investigation, Peterson decided it would be better to resign, which Israel told reporters on Thursday. In addition, two other deputies on duty that day, Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs, were placed on restricted duty while the department reviews their response to the incident, although it is not yet clear what they might be investigated for.
During the news conference, the Sheriff noted that he felt “devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. I’ve been to the funerals. I’ve been to the vigils. There are no words.”
There have been a number of eyewitnesses to corroborate what the Sheriff has been telling the media. For example, Coral Springs police officer Tim Burton, who also responded to the shooting, told the New York Times on Wednesday that he saw Deputy Peterson “seeking cover behind a concrete column leading to a stairwell.” rather than rushing into the building.
These revelations come as Donald Trump has endorsed the idea that arming trained teachers might be a way to prevent future school shootings. He has also brought up the idea of offering those teachers bonuses for undergoing such training.
In the aftermath of any event like this, a lot of questions are always raised. It is not known why the officer did not go into the building as he should have - perhaps it was as simple as fright or not being properly trained. However, the officer has not made a statement himself regarding this event. Some have speculated that he may have been ordered to stand down.
While there is no confirmation of this idea, it does seem odd that he was denounced by the sheriff and resigned if it had been an order. One possibility is that, after eyewitnesses noticed his behavior, he had to be thrown under the bus so that the sheriff's office could save face. At that point, there would be no way to cover up his lack of action. Regardless of the reason, this is a horrifying series of events and we can only hope they will not be repeated.
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