Parkland shooting: Broward says school deputy, a Boynton resident, failed to act


UPDATE 8:30 p.m.: Documents released Thursday, a tip called into the sheriff’s office said Nikolas Cruz  “could be a school shooter in the making,” according to The Miami Herald. 

According to those records, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office  did not write a report on the incident. 

Two years before the shooting, the sheriff’s office investigated another incident where Cruz allegedly “planned to shoot up the school.” The Herald reported the information was passed on to the on-campus deputy, but nothing came of it. It’s unclear if that deputy at the time was Scot Peterson. 

Sheriff Scott Israel said in a press conference Thursday afternoon that there were 23 recorded interactions between the sheriff’s office and Cruz or his brother.  

UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said he had suspended Scot Peterson, Douglas High’s school resource deputy, without pay after learning he stayed outside the building when the shooting began.

Peterson chose to resign and retire instead. The investigation into Peterson’s inaction will continue, Israel said.

Records show Peterson lives in suburban Boynton Beach. Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies were briefly stopped outside of his home Thursday night. 

Lights were on in the home and voices were heard inside, but no one answered when a Palm Beach Post reporter knocked on the front door.

“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and he never went in,” Israel said during a news conference.

Surveillance-camera video and witness statements put Peterson outside the building after Nikolas Cruz began shooting on Valentine’s Day.

Israel said the deputy should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”

“I think he remained outside for upwards of four minutes.” Israel said, before noting that Peterson arrived at the scene of the six-minute-long shooting about a minute to a minute and a half after it began.

Israel also said Peterson “clearly” knew of the shooting while he was outside the building.

Israel said two other deputies, Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs, are also under investigation and have been put on “restrictive duty.” 

The surveillance-camera video of Peterson is part of the investigation and may never be released, Israel said.


UPDATE 2:54 p.m.: There was a walkout at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach. 

UPDATE 2:00 p.m.: The Florida Panthers will wear a red “MSD” patch on their jerseys and stickers on their helmets in honor of the Parkland shooting victims. 

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Tiger Woods and Nicholas Thompson showed some love for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the 2018 Honda Classic

>> Rugged Honda Classic course major test for Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: NRA leader Wayne LaPierre addressed conservatives at CPAC. He blamed mass shootings on the failures of “family, school security and even the FBI.” 

UPDATE 1:00 p.m.: Services for Stoneman Douglas football coach Aaron Feis were held today.

>> Douglas coach died ‘shielding students’ from shooter’s bullets

UPDATE 12:50 p.m.: Two days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie told local reporters that no student will walk back into the building where the shooting took place

Today the Washington Post reported that the Broward County School Board asked Florida legislature for the $28.5 million to destroy and rebuild the building. 

>> Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN's town hall for gun reform

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: While some social media users are focusing on tighter gun laws, others are urging people not to forget about the FBI’s mistake when it came to Nikolas Cruz

>> POLL: Should teachers be allowed to carry guns in schools?

UPDATE 12:22 p.m.: Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said that while they were trying to locate Cruz after the shooting, they struggled because security tapes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High were delayed, NBC6 reported. 

Officials thought they were seeing Cruz’s actions happening live, but they were delayed by almost 20 minutes. Officers said no one told them about this, which made the situation confusing, according to the Sun Sentinel

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: State attorney Dave Aronberg announced that he is convening a grand jury to address school safety and preparedness in Palm Beach County following the Douglas High mass shooting.

>> State attorney to convene grand jury on school safety in PBC

Original Story: It’s been a week since alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the conversation across the country is still focused on gun control. 

On Wednesday, thousands of students across the state walked out of their schools and made their voices heard about gun reform. 

>> With clamor, tenacity, thousands of students protest at Boca City Hall

“They’re underestimating us,” , Nicole Auchinleck, a 17-year-old at Boca Raton High School, said of lawmakers, parents and school officials. “This is the new generation.”

>> Broward school shooting: Walkouts, demonstrations dot South Florida

These protests came at the same time that President Donald Trump spoke with Parkland shooting victims at the White House. Just a day later, the president on Twitter proposed 20 percent of teachers should be armed with guns and stated his support for the NRA. 

>> President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

Trump’s tweets sparked an outrage across social media. 

>> PBC Commission holds moment of silence for Parkland shooting victims

Teachers also started #ArmMeWith on Twitter, which is a list of tools that would be more useful in the classroom than guns. 


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