School Resource Officer Resigns Over Not Engaging School Shooter

The Broward County sheriff announced that the school resource officer did not engage during the Florida school shooting.

​Broward County, FL – The school resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the massacre that left 17 students and faculty dead, and another 16 wounded, has resigned .

On Thursday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced that when the shooting occurred at the Parkland high school on Feb. 14, Deputy Scot Peterson was on duty at the school, and responded to the building where a former student was shooting classmates, teachers and coaches with an AR-15.

Instead of going into the building to confront the gunman, Sheriff Israel said that surveillance video and witness interviews showed that Deputy Peterson took up a position outside the door to the freshman building that was under attack, but never went inside, WPXI reported.

Sheriff Israel said Deputy Peterson, a 23-year veteran of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The sheriff’s office suspended Deputy Peterson without pay on Wednesday, and the deputy resigned shortly thereafter.

The Sun-Sentinel reported the Deputy Peterson had been a school resource officer at that high school since 2009, and had begun working for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. As of 2016, his annual salary was $75,673.72, according to sheriff’s office records.

The sheriff’s office also said it was placing two additional officers on restricted assignment while they conducted a separate internal investigation on them, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

This latest development fell on the heels of Sheriff Israel’s announcement on Wednesday that school resource officers in Broward County had already begun carrying rifles on school campuses.

"Our deputies who are qualified and trained will be carrying rifles on school grounds from this point forward," Sheriff Israel said Wednesday during a press conference. "Only deputies who are trained and qualified will carry those rifles. But we need to defeat any threat that comes onto campus."

"It will be done safely," he said. "We need to be able to defeat any threat that comes onto campus."

"I think schools, as soft targets, need to be fortified. We need to look at how many school resource deputies are being employed at each school ... We also need to talk about sensible gun control," the sheriff said.

Sheriff Israel’s announcement followed in the wake of President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm 20 percent of teachers and coaches against future attacks at schools.

The sheriff told reporters that he had the full support of Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, WTVJ reported.

However, Runcie does not support arming schools’ faculty, and told WTVJ that "we don't need to put guns in the hands of teachers."

The challenge for law enforcement seemed to be where to store the rifles, since keeping them outside in police vehicles meant they might not be available when they were needed.

It turns out, local police have been asking to store rifles in school offices for years, and have repeatedly been told they could not.

“If the car is in the parking lot, it might not be as accessible,” Margate Police Chief Dana Watson told the Sun-Sentinel. “The police car can be a half-mile away. You have to run past the shooter to get your rifle?”

Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said his agency offered to pay to install safes to store the weapons and were turned down by the school district. He said they’ve been asking to put rifles in the schools for five years, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Officers cannot compete with assault rifles with their regular duty handguns,” Chief Pustizzi said. “We have to go in and combat militaristic tactics and weapons. ... It looks bad: Can you imagine someone videotaping an officer running away from the school?”

Most police officers' body armor cannot stop rifle rounds and officers armed with only pistols are at an extreme disadvantage against a shooter with a rifle.

Sheriff Israel said they’re continuing to investigate the school shooting, including the actions of law enforcement who responded to the scene.

@charlesjandecka of course they won't talk about abortions. They want us to ignore that bit of violence.

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Secondly it looks like someone is dropping the ball on prosecuting this seller. HBO and Bryant Gumbel should have gone to the police immediately. But, I guess it's the story that counts. RIght?

Amen brother... Imagine how many times he probably did this in his long career, not responding to help officers in desperate need of backup... I'm guessing he probably took the School Resource Officer job not primarily because he loved kids - but because he figured he was in a "gun free zone" and safer than being on the front line answering calls all day long.

You're correct. A handgun is no match for anything in a rifle caliber. And none of us were there to know exactly what that deputy was looking at. Not seeing the video and only going by what his Sheriff said, it would seem that he could have at least tried to make entry into the school and gotten himself into some type of position much closer to the perp while finding some sort of cover to take the chance at firing back at him. Which at the very least, even if he wasn't hit by the deputy's bullets, he would have had to change his course of action and focus now to the threat to him, buying more time for the rest of the kids to flee or lock down... I've entered burning structures long before the fire department arrived after kicking the door in to get people out, not knowing whether I'd survive the smoke or not. There's no 100% safe way to do the job of a law enforcement officer. You get all the training you can, and make the best tactical decisions you can at the moment. You can shot at any given traffic stop. But it sounds like what this deputy did was wait outside and let his backup make the entry while he watched it all unfold from the outside. What he did is what the last deputy on scene should be doing, covering the outer perimeter. They first tried the wait for a 4 man time right after Columbine, but found quickly that even that takes far too long. Most of these shootings are over with before you can assemble a 4 officer team together. So nationwide law enforcement went to first officer on scene has to make entry and confront the threat directly. It sucks, and could mean you're the first officer down, but it is a part of the job now. If that's too much for anyone in law enforcement to deal with, its probably time to reconsider a new career in my opinion. Every shot he heard was a kid or staff member dying or getting popped. This is one of those deal where you have to jump into the burning building and hope for the best.


I am going to have to agree with you. As a law enforcement officer with over 12 years on, in the most dangerous city in America, I 've done everything, dealt with more horseshit than you could shake a stick at. I've got a family. I value my life. However, the ONE situation where the risk is worth taking, is an active shooter scenario. There is not time to wait for a fucking squad to show up. It's 2018 and we are still doing this? We risk our lives every day coming to work, and out of all the scenarios we could be put in, THIS is certainly one where taking action equals saving lives, and the risk is fucking worth it.

@Trump @WOLF3629 Now that the truth is coming out you both look like ignorant fools. Try thinking before you hit the keyboard next time. Better yet, throw your keyboards away and learn police work from "Live PD.'

The truth whatever that is, Does not Change my statement. I’m glad your bitch ass isn’t protecting my kids school system. You wanna wait four minutes and you can live with kids and people dying because you are scared and don’t have the tactics or the guts to handle the situation that’s on you.

@WOLF3629 My apoligies. Based on your posts I would never have thought you to be an expert on GO, training and procedures for every department in the country related to active shooters. Given that your knee-jerk posts don't take into account all of the known information before posting, I'm not clear how you would have achieved such broad knowledge. Interestingly enough, working in the "most dangerous City in America" really gives you no credibility on this subject since that's not where these incidents occur. Be that as it may, you are entitled to do stupid things any time that you would like. To dumb it down to your juvenile level of communication, you're talking out of your ass and obviously never have faced a situation like this. Go back to your 12 years of writing parking tickets and handling barking dog complaints. Best of luck.