“The Broward sheriff deputy assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned on Thursday, about a week after a school shooting there that left 17 people dead.
Scot Peterson, a school resource officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s office, waited outside the school building without ever going inside, sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference on Thursday.
“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position, and he never went in,” Israel said Thursday, referring to the school building where the shooter went on his rampage.
He added the deputy “clearly” knew a shooter was inside the building, but stayed outside for four minutes while the killing continued.
“Devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words,” Israel said describing his feelings. “These families lost their children, we lost coaches. I’ve been to the funerals. I’ve been to the homes where they’re sitting shivering. I’ve been to the vigils. There are no words.” end of article
I know from personal experience police are trained to run towards the shooting and engage without delay, because every second could mean a life. This has been the national policy since Columbine.
Generally police do acts of heroism daily and they do it perfectly and without much notice. But, this one Broward County deputy sheriff failed to respond and now he has resigned. The whole nation knows that he was in the right place, at the right time in anticipation of just such an event. He was armed and trained and he failed to do his duty. It is inexplicable. I think this disgraced man should be under suicide watch.
What have we learned from this tragedy so far? Well, not sure about you, but so far I’ve learned that you can pass all the laws you want and it’s no guarantee of safety. I’ve learned that immediately following a tragedy like this one, the emotions run so high that logic is often shoved aside, especially in public forums and for political advantage. I’ve learned that leftist democrats will always try to leverage off the misery of others following a crisis and do it for their own low, self-serving, purposes. And I’ve learned that “gun free” zones are a foolish concept and they only serve to invite trouble. I’ve also learned that the existing laws and tips provided by numerous persons, tips warning law enforcement about the dangers of this particular shooter, and over the course of several years were not heeded. I learned that both the FBI and local law enforcement were remiss in doing all that they could and should have done. I’ve learned that a crazy man, who never should have been allowed to purchase a firearm, did so many times. I learned that the laws and the system failed us and people died.