Deputy Who 'Hid Outside The Building' And 'Did Nothing' To Intervene During School Shooting Resigns

Date February 23, 2018

Following the deadly massacre that took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, new details emerged about a deputy who failed to intervene and possibly save lives.

Scot Peterson

The deputy was formerly a part of the Boward County Sheriff's department. The sheriff, Scott Israel, accused Peterson of not doing something to stop Nikolas Cruz, the alleged school shooter.


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In a press statement, Israel said Paterson was in uniform and was very well aware that a shooter was on the loose, but he did "nothing" to save lives and possibly prevent things from escalating.

Israel explained that a security footage showed that Peterson arrived "at the west side of building 12, take up a position and he never went in." The sheriff said knowing one of his deputies was not brave enough to challenge a shooter was a disappointment.

[He should have] went in, address the killer, kill the killer!

Peterson's suspension and subsequent resignation

Sheriff Israel announced during the press conference that after seeing the video and hearing statements from witnesses, even those from Peterson himself, he decided to place the deputy on suspension without pay pending an internal investigation.

It seemed Peterson was not very accepting of this decision because according to Israel, "as is his right, Scot Peterson chose to resign." The sheriff said that investigations would still continue.

It was reported that Peterson had been a resource officer at the school since 2009.

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The internet is divided

While some people were of the opinion that Peterson's choice not to challenge and stop a shooter was cowardly of him, others believed that it was a human mistake, and sometimes, purposely stepping into danger may be difficult to do. Many shared their views on Twitter.

What do you think? Was Peterson a coward for running from danger or was his decision a smart one?

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