New details of shooting emerge as Florida school reopens
Sheetal Sukhija - Saturday 24th February, 2018
An armed deputy who was on campus during the shooting did not go in to stop the shooter
The deputy has now resigned following the sheriff’s review
The Florida high school reopened for teachers on Friday
FLORIDA, U.S. - As the Florida high school - which faced a brutal shooting rampage led by a former student, who shot and killed 17 people - reopened a week after the incident, new details emerged about the shooting.
A review of the shooting ordered by Broward County sheriff, Scott Israel revealed that an armed deputy, who was on campus at Stoneman Douglas stood outside the building as the shooting occurred.
The deputy identified as Deputy Scott Peterson was the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida and when the gunman massacred 17 people last week, he stood outside and did not go in to engage the shooter.
Israel revealed the details on Thursday, adding that the deputy had resigned from the department on Thursday after being told he would be suspended.
The Sheriff has not revealed if Peterson would face criminal charges but said that he made the decision after reviewing video surveillance and interviewing witnesses, including the deputy himself.
The sheriff added that Peterson responded to the building where the shooting took place, and took up a position outside a door and never went in.
Questioned by reporters about what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”
The sheriff also added that he was “devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. We lost coaches. I’ve been to the funerals. … I’ve been to the vigils. It’s just, ah, there are no words.”
The 19-year-old teenage gunman, Nikolas Cruz was armed with an assault-type rifle and killed 17 people on campus on Valentine’s Day.
The school meanwhile reopened for teachers on Friday, even as the community grappled with information about the armed officer on campus who did nothing to stop the shooter.
Further, reports also revealed other failures, including a delay in security camera footage scanned by responding police and several records that indicating the suspect displayed behavioral troubles for years.
The Florida House speaker described the revelations an “abject breakdown at all levels.”
Meanwhile, the shooting, which reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, witnessed survivors and parents making proposals to lawmakers and President Donald Trump to deal with the situation.
Trump has vowed to designate more people, including trained teachers, to carry arms on school grounds.
However, gun-control advocates have redoubled calls for bans or further restrictions on assault rifles.
On Friday, teachers at the high school were told they could return to the school to collect belongings from classrooms that have been off-limits since the shooting last week.
According to reports, the school is now planning an orientation on Sunday for teachers and students, and to restart classes Wednesday.
Cruz has been jailed on 17 counts of murder and has admitted the attack.
Authorities said that Cruz owned a collection of weapons.
On Friday morning, Trump called out the ex-cop, suggesting he was a "coward."
Trump said, "When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage, or something happened. He certainly did a poor job. That's the case where somebody was outside, they are trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward."
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