'He Never Went In': Stoneman Douglas Resource Officer Resigns


Former Stoneman Douglas student Lucas Macaluso told the Herald he believed Peterson had made a "huge mistake", but that his role in the school had mostly been breaking up lunchroom fights - not confronting active shooters.

Scott said he wants to make it "virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun", and plans to work with the state legislature over the next two weeks on a number of reforms.

Allowing courts to prohibit a mentally ill person from buying or possessing a gun.

As vigils are held across the country for the victims, President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that arming teachers was one possible way to stop school shootings.

"When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job, there's no question about that".

What did the officer do?

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the career law enforcement officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned while under investigation.

Israel said the video shows Peterson arriving at the west side of Building 12 and taking up a position, but he didn't go inside.

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Florida authorities are asking the federal government for at least $1 million in emergency grant funds to reimburse state and local agencies for the cost of responding to last week's school shooting.

"Devastated, sick to my stomach, there are no words", Israel said to describe his feelings when he learned Peterson did not enter the building. "He stayed where he was and never went in", Israel said, even though he "clearly" knew there was shooting underway.

When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have 'went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer'. Officers are reportedly guarding his home. It is not known if he will face criminal charges.

Peterson stood outside, doing nothing, for more than four minutes Israel said, as accused shooter Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle. What won't be considered is a ban on assault-style rifles. NRA officials have been sharply criticized in recent days for the organization's attacks on law enforcement, the intelligence community, and its claims that those who want to alter existing laws to crack down on school shootings as trying to "destroy" personal freedoms.

Employed by the local police or sheriff's office, they document incidents and can make arrests, as well as working on areas such as mentoring and education.

Scott, a National Rifle Association member, said a "mass takeaway of Second Amendment rights" is "not the answer".

Peterson had been stationed at the high school since 2009, and received numerous glowing performance reviews and evaluations from his superiors.