Armed School Resource Officer Stayed Safely Outside School While Mass Killing Was Underway

A school resource officer who worked at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was on campus at the time of the mass shooting, but did not enter the building to engage the killer—even though the SRO was armed.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suspended the SRO, 54-year-old Scot Peterson, after watching video footage of Peterson declining to enter the school during Nikolas Cruz’s six-minute rampage; Peterson has now resigned, according to The Washington Post.

When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel told reporters in no uncertain terms that the officer had a responsibility to confront the killer and attempt to stop him.

“I think he took up a position where it looked like he could see the western-most entry into the building and stayed where he was,” said Israel. “Never went in.”

Peterson’s failure to act made Israel “sick to my stomach,” the sheriff said.

Two other officers have been placed

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