Armed Douglas High School Resource Officer Gets Slammed For Standing Outside The Building As Teachers And Students Were Gunned Down

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

Armed Douglas High School Resource Officer Gets Slammed For Standing Outside The Building As Teachers And Students Were Gunned Down

Some believe Deputy Scott Peterson's inaction also proves teachers should not have guns.

Published February 23rd

A Florida school resource deputy who was armed and in position outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting has resigned after it was revealed he did not go inside to intervene during the fatal attack, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.

Israel said video footage showed Deputy Scott Peterson outside the building, but never going in to help stop the shooting spree, which killed 17 people.

"Sick to my stomach. There are no words,” Israel said of the footage.

The deputy was placed on unpaid leave and he subsequently filed for retirement, according to Israel.

According to the surveillance video, Peterson arrived at the west end of the school's Building 12 and took position in view of the entrance.

"He never went in," Israel said during a press conference.

When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel answered: "Went in. Address the killer. Kill the killer."

  1. When it was revealed that Peterson did not enter the building, people expressed their outrage
  2. Former deputy peterson was called a "coward" for failing to protect the children
  3. If Peterson was unable to stop the shooter, many wonder how an armed teacher would act differently

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

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