The latest breaking news on the Parkland Shooting reveals yet another failure in preventing or mitigating the shooting rampage. According to Sheriff Scott Israel, the school SRO positioned himself outside and never went in. This took place for about four minutes during the shooting that lasted about six minutes. The deputy’s name is Scot Peterson, and he resigned upon being suspended without pay while being investigated.
Broward County sheriff said an armed security officer in Parkland had a chance to stop last week's shooting but did not. Video showed he was outside and never went in. 17 people were killed, 14 were hurt. The deputy has resigned. @BojorquezCBS has more. https://t.co/GQoKS6FEF9 pic.twitter.com/Zv3UdQ893f
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 22, 2018
Sheriff Scott Israel said Officer Scott Peterson failed by waiting outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS building for about 4 of 6 minutes while Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people
What should Peterson have done
Israel: “Went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer” pic.twitter.com/GxIMS1sPxf
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 22, 2018
There are a lot of perspectives on this development. We shouldn’t rush to judgement as this story is still developing. Was Scot Peterson a coward? Absolutely. He had a weapon and training. No doubt some of the colossal failure rests on him. But not all. Scott Israel is in charge of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, meaning Peterson reports to him. This could be the higher ups scapegoating an underling so that their contribution to the incident, such as the slow response time and failures prior to the shooting go unnoticed. Furthermore, are we to assume, as Scott Israel would have us, that during these four minutes Peterson did absolutely nothing? What if he was ordered to wait? Too many questions remain, so lets wait.
What’s also concerning about the situation is that Scott Israel has been going after the NRA. Many leftists are using this story as fuel against the idea of allowing teachers to have concealed carry. Perhaps that was Sheriff Israel’s purpose in throwing his guy under the bus. Remember this as the government and elected officials play the blame game: Aaron Feis did more to protect students with less.