David Hogg, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who has been an outspoken critic of firearms since, defended the indefensible during an interview on MSNBC over the weekend.
Hogg defended his school resource officer, Broward County sheriff deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to act while a shooter murdered 17 people inside his school. Instead, Peterson stood outside in a stairwell with his weaponed drawn, according to a student who witnessed him.
What did Hogg say?
Hogg said that he had many interactions with Peterson and described him as “very conservative.”
“He — just like every other police officer out there at heart — is a good person,” Hogg said. “He didn’t take action in this event, and I can’t explain why…there are no words to explain why he wouldn’t take action to take out this individual.”
“But I think it’s a good example of if he didn’t take action and supposedly four others didn’t, I mean, who does? I mean, who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15 even with a Glock [handgun]?” the student added.
“And I know that’s what these police officers are supposed to do, but they’re people too. They need to worry about theirselves as well as all the other students,” Hogg explained.
Peterson resigned from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department last week after it was revealed he failed to act. Peterson has been labeled a “coward” in the wake of the revelation, including by President Donald Trump.
Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg on deputy who did not enter school during shooting: "Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15, even with a glock? And I know that's what these police officers are supposed to do, but they're people too." pic.twitter.com/GjnUBuidc6
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