School deputy suspended over what he did during the Florida shooting, and it’s terrible

School deputy suspended over what he did during the Florida shooting, and it’s terrible
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that the school resource deputy responded to the shooting at the Parkland, Florida, high school, but that he didn't enter into the building while the killer continued the attack. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

A deputy admitted that he didn’t enter the Parkland, Florida, high school during the time that Nikolas Cruz was murdering 17 people, and he was suspended without pay pending an investigation.

Here’s what he did

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday that the armed school resource deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned after action was taken against him.

Cruz’s attack on his fellow students lasted about four minutes, and the deputy didn’t do anything to stop him during that time.

Sheriff Israel said that the deputy was interviewed about his lack of action, and that video surveillance was taken into account when he made the decision to suspend him.

Peterson was on campus, responded to the shooting, but never went inside to accost the shooter, and instead took up a position outside.

Israel said that the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

“He was armed,” Israel said, “he was in uniform. After seeing video, witness statements, and Scot Peterson’s very own statement, I decided this morning to suspend Scot Peterson without pay, pending an internal investigation.”

“As is his right, Scot Peterson chose to resign,” he continued, “because he has the necessary time with the agency and meets the requirements of retirement, he resigned and slash retired.”

“The investigation will continue,” he explained. “We’re not going to disclose the video at this time, and we may never disclose the video depending on the prosecution and the criminal case.”

“But what I saw was, a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position, and he never went in,” he concluded.

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