School Resource Officer Resigns Over Not Engaging School Shooter

The Broward County sheriff announced that the school resource officer did not engage during the Florida school shooting.

​Broward County, FL – The school resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the massacre that left 17 students and faculty dead, and another 16 wounded, has resigned .

On Thursday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced that when the shooting occurred at the Parkland high school on Feb. 14, Deputy Scot Peterson was on duty at the school, and responded to the building where a former student was shooting classmates, teachers and coaches with an AR-15.

Instead of going into the building to confront the gunman, Sheriff Israel said that surveillance video and witness interviews showed that Deputy Peterson took up a position outside the door to the freshman building that was under attack, but never went inside, WPXI reported.

Sheriff Israel said Deputy Peterson, a 23-year veteran of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The sheriff’s office suspended Deputy Peterson without pay on Wednesday, and the deputy resigned shortly thereafter.

The Sun-Sentinel reported the Deputy Peterson had been a school resource officer at that high school since 2009, and had begun working for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. As of 2016, his annual salary was $75,673.72, according to sheriff’s office records.

The sheriff’s office also said it was placing two additional officers on restricted assignment while they conducted a separate internal investigation on them, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

This latest development fell on the heels of Sheriff Israel’s announcement on Wednesday that school resource officers in Broward County had already begun carrying rifles on school campuses.

"Our deputies who are qualified and trained will be carrying rifles on school grounds from this point forward," Sheriff Israel said Wednesday during a press conference. "Only deputies who are trained and qualified will carry those rifles. But we need to defeat any threat that comes onto campus."

"It will be done safely," he said. "We need to be able to defeat any threat that comes onto campus."

"I think schools, as soft targets, need to be fortified. We need to look at how many school resource deputies are being employed at each school ... We also need to talk about sensible gun control," the sheriff said.

Sheriff Israel’s announcement followed in the wake of President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm 20 percent of teachers and coaches against future attacks at schools.

The sheriff told reporters that he had the full support of Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, WTVJ reported.

However, Runcie does not support arming schools’ faculty, and told WTVJ that "we don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers."

The challenge for law enforcement seemed to be where to store the rifles, since keeping them outside in police vehicles meant they might not be available when they were needed.

It turns out, local police have been asking to store rifles in school offices for years, and have repeatedly been told they could not.

“If the car is in the parking lot, it might not be as accessible,” Margate Police Chief Dana Watson told the Sun-Sentinel. “The police car can be a half-mile away. You have to run past the shooter to get your rifle?”

Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said his agency offered to pay to install safes to store the weapons and were turned down by the school district. He said they’ve been asking to put rifles in the schools for five years, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Officers cannot compete with assault rifles with their regular duty handguns,” Chief Pustizzi said. “We have to go in and combat militaristic tactics and weapons. ... It looks bad: Can you imagine someone videotaping an officer running away from the school?”

Most police officers' body armor cannot stop rifle rounds and officers armed with only pistols are at an extreme disadvantage against a shooter with a rifle.

Sheriff Israel said they’re continuing to investigate the school shooting, including the actions of law enforcement who responded to the scene.

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WalterL48
WalterL48

Society has raised a generation of kids that don't value life and respect nothing. Continue to give them soft targets and they will continue. YES - Arm the staff, coaches, maintenance men - and DON'T SAY WHICH ONES ARE ARMED.

b1rd
b1rd

Some people choose to protect the kids while others don't. You would appear to be one that wouldn't. No one is twisting any arms.

b1rd
b1rd

This guy is like the people who signed up for the military for benefits but when it was time to do their duty they quit. I can probably guess one person around here who might have done this if their story holds any type of water.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

So 17 people died while a cop waited outside doing nothing. How can he even live with that??

bronx163
bronx163

Hes a piece of shit coward. Let kids and teachers die because he was a pussy.
23 yr veteran and a pussy.
You can be scared but u have to take the fight to the enemy. Its what you signed up to do.

Lumpy 1987
Lumpy 1987

I’m going to hav 31 when I’m done. Got the trifecta been shot cut and burned... 1 year in the sand box. So what does that mean

Lumpy 1987
Lumpy 1987

Nothing, but to ask one thing of you! We know the problem inside! Let the hatters shred us! We don’t help them.

Lumpy 1987
Lumpy 1987

There is no one individual in the job is all of us.. we all aswered for Rodney King, OJ and I’ve never been to Cali. The nypd officers who used the stick on that kid we ate it and the only time I’ve been to NY is going home on leave! So I for one will sit down to another full meal of f)0k up and eat it!

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I am not going to judge the school officer, they are human too IF PEOPLE WANT THIS KILLING TO STOP, then start obeying the laws that we have and blame the justice system for not giving the wrong doers the punishment they deserves Time and time again they wrong doers are given a pass and not made responsible for their action

Trump
Trump

Why is any of this surprising?

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Trump
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lds719
lds719

Fucking Coward!

WayneDawg
WayneDawg

“Officers cannot compete with assault rifles with their regular duty handguns,” Well, I guess it depends on how close or far away you are. I think I would fare better at close range with a service weapon in a close quarter gun fight than an AR. Fifty yards away, yeah, I would want to have my AR.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Can Dr. Heather Sher articulate the horrific & massive damage inflicted on babies as they are ripped from their mother's womb? The USA number is now around 60 million.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Seriously, any of you that think going one-on-one in this situation is the "right thing to do" are delusional. Ever since Columbine, training is pretty universal that an entry squad requires four, preferably all with long-guns. Unless cover has an extended response time AND you have a long-gun would any normal person enter alone. Nowhere does it say that taking the oath meant intentionally putting yourself into a losing situation.

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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

This is a much more likely scenario: Depuity gets hauled in front of the the elected Sheriff who is determined to find a scapegoat to deflect questions. During that "conversation" the Deputy has a few thoughts go through his mind: "Training says take a safe position and report until a squad forms. You're trying to hang this shit on me? You are the same guy that upholds complaints that we don't smile, that we must have busted that intersection going to coffee and that we look mean when we are armed in a school? It was also your brilliant idea to go to mandatory rotating shifts so the poor newbies can have weekends off?" Uh, he has his time in and just made the smartest decision of his life. "I'm out, you can deal with this crap on your own."

Trump
Trump

@SheepDawg There is video of the Deputy Hiding for 4 minutes, but police have said they wont release it, It will be shown to the investigation committee.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Four minutes is not unreasonable, even with cover being close. This is being used as another political football already. Bottom line is that no LEO is worth anything being dead. During that four minutes he was at an unacceptable disadvantage - he doesn't know who/where the shooter is, but the shooter can distinguish him as an imminenet threat based on his uniform. The public seems to think that "Live PD" and any current cop show is reality and that is somehow the "way it should be." My .40 means nothing against a .223.

Trump
Trump

@SheepDawg do you want proof from one of the actual officer present?

Trump
Trump

17 were slaughtered in 3 mins, yup FOUR mins is completely reasonable.