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He doesn't say why he regrets it exactly. He's implying he didn't know exactly where in the building the shooter was. (so what) I understand it would've been risky, but at least he knew or should have known the layout of the building. I've had to go into and search buildings in the past where I didn't know the layout, didn't know if anyone was inside or how many or if armed or not. Actually he did worse than not going in, he allegedly ordered responding deputies to stay back as the shooting was going on. It took the city cops arrival for someone to actually do their jobs. :(

The former school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who did not enter the building where a mass shooter killed 14 students and three adults at the South Florida school on Feb. 14, expressed regret in his first public interview that he did not intervene.

“Knowing what I know today, I would have been in that building in a heartbeat,” Scot Peterson told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie on Today, in an interview that will air Tuesday and Wednesday on the morning program.
Knowing what, that there would be backlash over it?

Guthrie asked Peterson if he could acknowledge that “You missed it,” referring to his response when Nikolas Cruz entered the building in the South Florida high school and opened fire.
“I have to,” Peterson said. “I have to live with that. You know, how could I not?
“I mean, I'm human … in the perfect world, oh, I would have said, ‘Oh, yeah, I know there was a shooter in there. Let me go to the third floor. Find this person.’”
Of course he's human, and he's only one person. This is a good examply of why one guy with a badge should not be the only armed option in a school comples that is literally bigger and has more people in it than the nearest small town to me. Of course school budgets are tight, and even having one full time SRO is expensive. If only there was some kind of back up plan, in case the SRO cant or won't do their job. Something that wouldn't cost the same as hiring full time SRO's. and could potentially spread the level of protection across the entire school complex.

I'm not talking about people who would do the complete job of an SRO, like investigating school related crimes or anything like that, I mean something just in case of a school shooting. Also it should ideally be someone or someones not wearing a uniform and a badge, so as not to make the snowflakes feel like they're in a prison or something. :rolleyes: I wonder what that could be? :sarcasm:



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The man has to suffering by realizing that he could have saved lives but did not take action to do that. He earned his daily grief and he is paying for it. It is not that I do not have some sympathy for him because I do.
 

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What is that often quoted phrase about "hindsight being 20/20"? I think it applies here.
As for shedding a tear for him, I am in a complete severe drought right now, but I'll try.


Well, after several tries, still dry. Too bad, so sad.
 

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some how i think the kind of cop who wants to spend his last years as a SRO, maybe racking up OT to pad his retirement doing some special duty as an event guard, isn't the guy who has the mind set of a run to the sound of the gunfire cop. And spending years as a SRO probably isn't conducive to an aggressive mind set
 

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I love how the media tries to victimize him. Tell that to the families that lost loved ones at that school because he failed to act.
 

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Well, how many times have we discussed the SCOTUS’ decision that LEOs have no duty to intervene when a private citizen is under active attack.

But still . . . . . .during a time when school shootings are such a hot topic it does shadow him with a dark cloud.

I bet you that he would not have garnered near as much media attention if he HAD intervened and stopped the shooter after a couple of shots. Media ain’t interested in the “good guy with a gun” narrative.
 

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Well, how many times have we discussed the SCOTUS’ decision that LEOs have no duty to intervene when a private citizen is under active attack.

But still . . . . . .during a time when school shootings are such a hot topic it does shadow him with a dark cloud.

I bet you that he would not have garnered near as much media attention if he HAD intervened and stopped the shooter after a couple of shots. Media ain’t interested in the “good guy with a gun” narrative.
I'm not an attorney, but if I recall correctly, SCOTUS basically said that the police only had a duty to society at large, and not to individual people. There was an exception however if a police dept made an exception. Say for example a dept. has made a specific promise to safeguard an individual or a group of people, or has some form of security contract with a group of people. So in that regard an attorney could potentially argue since the deputy was specifically assigned to the school as an SRO he had a duty to protect people within the school.

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I was able to catch a portion of the interview, and now the deputy is saying the reason he didn't go in had nothing to do with cowardice. He said he thought the shooter was inside the bldg but shooting out through a window, which is why he told the responding deputies to stay back from the building. He claims he didn't know any students were getting shot, because he assumed that they were all secure in rooms. There is no evidence of this, and even if it was true, it wouldn't justify him not going in. Heck, from a tactical standpoint, it makes taking out the bad guy potentially easier, as the shooters attention would be outside the building, not inside.

In addition, he's claiming that what he did was what he was trained to do. Of course the Sheriff is saying otherwise. I don't trust the Sheriff any more than the deputy, but one of them is lying. (about the training) The training would be documented or recorded somehow for legal purposes. The truth may come out in a civil trial, if one is allowed to happen.
 

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Here's a few interesting videos related to this subject, Peterson's statements (particularly when he calls them "my kids") and the reaction of parents.



 

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He couldn't determine if the shooter was inside shooting inside, or inside shooting outside?

Well, obviously walking around outside didn't help solve THAT quandary now, did it?

It's sad that a gun jam saved more students that the deputy would.
 
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