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Stoneman Douglas BSO resource officer did not enter school during shootings

Deputy Scott Peterson resigns after being suspended without pay

ABC 10:

PARKLAND, Fla. - The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas did not enter the school during the shootings that left 17 people dead last week, said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
"Never went in," said Israel about the actions of Deputy Scott Peterson. The sheriff said Peterson remained outside for at least four minutes during the six minutes Nikolas Cruz opened fire inside the school.
Despite being armed, video showed Peterson taking up a position outside the west side of the freshman building where the shootings occurred and remained there during the incident.
Israel announced Thursday that Peterson resigned after being suspended without pay following an investigation.
"Devastated, sick to my stomach, there are no words." Israel said to describe his feelings when he learned Peterson did not enter the building.

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"These families lost their children, we lost coaches. I've been to the funerals. I've been to the homes where they're sitting shiva. I've been to the vigils. It's just, there are no words."
According to Israel, action was taken against Peterson following interviews with witnesses and reviewing video of the shootings.


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