Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘never went in’

Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘never went in’

23 February 2018 Friday 11:10
Florida school shooting: Armed officer ‘never went in’

By Azanıa Post Reporter

In a school where 17 people were gunned down last week stood an armed officer during the time when the shooting was taking place and he did not do anything to intervene the local sheriff says.

Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned after being suspended, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

"I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went in," Sheriff Israel said.

US President Donald Trump had expressed his thought on how to prevent school shootings ın the future, by arming the teachers.

His proposal has been championed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

On Thursday, in the NRA's first comments since the massacre, its head accused Democrats and media of "exploiting" the attack. Wayne LaPierre said "opportunists" were using the tragedy to expand gun control and abolish US gun rights.

What did the officer do?

Mr. Peterson was on campus, armed and in uniform when the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus in Parkland began, Sheriff Israel said.

There was a video footage showing Mr. Peterson arriving at the building where the shooting was taking place 90 seconds after the first shots were fired and he remained outside for about four minutes. The attack lasted six minutes, the sheriff said.

Asked what Mr. Peterson should have done, Sheriff Israel said: "Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer."

Mr. Peterson is yet to publicly comment on what happened. Sheriff Israel said he had not given a reason for why he did not go into the building where the shooter was.

It is unclear if he will face charges.

Sheriff Israel said he would not be releasing the video showing Mr. Peterson and might never do so, "depending on the prosecution and criminal case" against the 19-year-old suspect accused of carrying out the shooting, former student Nikolas Cruz.

The gunman used a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, police say, and escaped the scene before being seen and arrested later.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and parents


​​​​​​​Why was Deputy Peterson there?

School resource officers are police officers who are responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools, the US government says.

There are between 14,000 and 20,000 such officers in the US, according to the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Mr. Peterson had been in his position at the school since 2009, local media report.

Who supports arming teachers?

In recent days both President Trump and the NRA have spoken about this.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Thursday, Mr. LaPierre reiterated that his group backed it.

He said the NRA would help any US school with their safety and security, free of charge, adding that "opportunists" pushing for more gun control "hate the NRA. They hate the second amendment. They hate individual freedom".

BBC

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