With the spate of school shootings in recent years around the nation, one might expect by now that every school would have some sort of security detail on-campus.
Such security might have prevented the massacre in Parkland, Florida.
Oh wait…there WAS security detail on campus in Parkland.
And not just a mall cop, a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy…with a gun and everything.
Breaking news now has revealed that Deputy Scot Peterson remained outside the school — taking a defensive position — while 17 people were being slaughtered.
Call it cowardice, call it rules of engagement, call it whatever you want.
One word will suffice: failure.
What’s more, we’ve now learned that Peterson had already had a run-in with Nikolas Cruz and failed to reveal to investigators why the man was not detained then.
There are lots of heads in need of rolling and not at the NRA.
Here’s more from Redstate…
The Broward County sheriff’s deputy who stood outside and did nothing as children were being slaughtered inside. Here’s how the Washington Post reports it:
The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.
But buried deeeep in the Washington Post article — 24 paragraphs in, in fact (I counted) — is this little nugget:
Peterson is mentioned as part of a 2016 social services agency investigation into Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman. According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report detailing that investigation, Peterson was approached by investigators and “refused to share any information … regarding [an] incident that took place with” the teenager.