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Florida high school's armed deputy resigns over failing to protect students

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 February 2018, 15:18 IST

The armed deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, resigned in guilt for failing to enter the building when the gunman opened fire which killed 17 people.

Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.” Video footage showed Peterson did none of that. Israel also said that Peterson was armed and in uniform but did "nothing."

What I saw was a deputy at the west side of Building 12, take up a position and he never went in," Israel said." When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

Sheriff Scott Israel

Peterson, 54, came under scrutiny after 19-year-old Cruz  ( the accused) entered a school building and killed 14 students and three faculty members. The accused later confessed, police said.

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The sheriff said the video also shows the deputy was outside the building for “upwards of four minutes” while students were gunned down inside. Peterson resigned after he was suspended without pay earlier in the day, Israel said.

According to the sources, deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office are guarding the home of the school resource officer who was stationed at the High School after his family requested the protection, according to the multiple news reports.

First published: 23 February 2018, 15:08 IST