Trump slams ‘coward’ Florida deputy who ‘didn’t have the courage’ to confront the school shooter

  • President Donald Trump on Friday said the armed deputy stationed at the high school in Florida where last week’s shooting took place who didn’t confront the gunman “certainly did a poor job.”
  • The deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned on Thursday after an investigation found that he stood outside the building while the massacre was taking place.
  • Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson should have “addressed the killer – killed the killer.”

President Donald Trump on Friday criticised the deputy who resigned the day before after an investigation found that he never confronted the shooter who gunned down 17 people at a Florida high school last week, even though he was armed and stationed there as the school’s resource officer.

“He’s trained his whole life,” Trump told reporters. “But when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage, or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job – there’s no question about that.”

The deputy, Scot Peterson, did “nothing” during the massacre, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Surveillance footage showed that Peterson was standing outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for at least four minutes while the shooting was taking place. He never entered the building, Israel said.

Israel added that Peterson should have “went in” and “addressed the killer – killed the killer.”

Trump said Friday that Peterson either “didn’t react properly under pressure” or was “a coward.”

“It was a real shot to the police department,” Trump said.