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.
“Tonight will be very difficult and very emotional for everyone in the building. We just want to lend a helping hand however we can.” -Mike Matheson pic.twitter.com/qsexZQRvou— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 22, 2018
UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Tiger Woods and Nicholas Thompson showed some love for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the 2018 Honda Classic.
Thompson is also behind the ribbons a lot of golfers, including Tiger Woods, are wearing. pic.twitter.com/4F83zpojPD— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) February 22, 2018
Pro golfer and Stoneman Douglas alum Nicholas Thompson is at the #HondaClassic, giving out wristbands and accepting donations for the victims of last week’s shooting. The bands are free but donations are appreciated. @pbpost #DouglasStrong #ParklandStrong #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/S7s8Yhvi7n— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) February 22, 2018
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.”
WATCH LIVE: NRA leader Wayne LaPierre is addressing conservatives at CPAC amid renewed calls for gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting https://t.co/cCB7DTFYoG pic.twitter.com/TSBjl88vac— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 22, 2018
Wayne LaPierre now blaming mass shootings on the “failure”’of “family, school security and even the FBI.” Everything but the easy access to mass murder weapons.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 22, 2018
UPDATE 1:00 p.m.: Services for Stoneman Douglas football coach Aaron Feis were held today.
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.
Breaking: Broward County School Board has asked Florida legislature for $28.5 million to destroy and rebuild building where Parkland shooting happened, including $450,000 for a memorial— michaelscherer (@michaelscherer) February 22, 2018
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.
I’m waiting for the Parkland community to question the school board, superintendent Runcie, Broward County Sheriff Israel & FBI as to why they missed the signs + demand they correct their fatal errors.— CC (@ChristiChat) February 22, 2018
It was their duty & responsibility to keep the kids safe!#ThursdayThoughts
Acting Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich, addressing the botched tip in Florida school shooting, says he personally visited the call center and “it’s a professional operation. There was a mistake made.” Protocols exist, but just weren’t followed.— Sadie Gurman (@sgurman) February 22, 2018
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC. What I said was to look at the possibility of giving “concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience - only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the @NRA are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Trump’s tweets sparked an outrage across social media.
I appreciate @realDonaldTrump listening to survivors of #Parkland. However advocating for shooting troubled kids?!?! True if they are shooting there may not be choice but why not start a few steps before that and work to identify and help those kids before it gets there.— Debbie (@Fireflychayser) February 22, 2018
The morning after meeting with Parkland shooting survivors, our “president” praises NRA lobbyists. Beyond deplorable. Abhorrent. https://t.co/CFmaj5tZql— Pam Mangas (@pam_mangas) February 22, 2018
Teachers also started #ArmMeWith on Twitter, which is a list of tools that would be more useful in the classroom than guns.
The day teachers are asked to carry guns in the classroom is the day I leave my dream job I’ve had since I was 16 years old. I don’t want to take away guns. I want control on them.#armmewith #enoughisenough #schoolsafetynow pic.twitter.com/XIHjWTSE7H— Lindsey Paull (@Miss_Johnston5) February 21, 2018
Following the shooting last week, teachers are speaking out sharing photos with the hashtag #armmewith, with requests for what they need in their classrooms to prevent a further tragedy. Teachers matter and teachers of the US - we stand with you to make a change. pic.twitter.com/SrpVqqZiO4— Future Education (@FutureEdLtd) February 22, 2018
#ArmMeWith— Kindred Spirit (@BlueWaveIdeals) February 22, 2018
Fully federal and state funded public education in all of our United States. From the classroom level up-prioritize those dollars.
Proper facilities, materials and teacher wages- so educators can afford to live in the communities they serve.