After Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel reported that the armed deputy at a Florida high school 'did nothing' during a mass shooting, armed police are guarding the deputy's home.

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Florida officer who didn’t enter school during shooting now has armed guards

His family reportedly requested protection.


Kris Seavers


Published Feb 22, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 11:54 pm CDT

Following reports that the armed deputy on duty during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week did “nothing” as the gunman opened fire on students and teachers, police are reportedly guarding the deputy’s home at his family’s request.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday he was “devastated” after seeing video footage showing the deputy, Scot Peterson, standing outside the building but never entering during the shooting that killed 17 people.

“Sick to my stomach,” Israel said. “He never went in.”

According to BuzzFeed News, Peterson was placed on unpaid leave and then filed for retirement following revelations from the surveillance footage.

Local news affiliates WPTV and WSVN reported that Peterson’s Boynton Beach, Florida, home is now guarded by six deputies after his family asked for protection.

People on Twitter saw the reports of the Peterson’s non-action during the shooting as evidence that placing more armed guards or giving guns to teachers—both ideas proposed by President Donald Trump in the past few days—will not solve the country’s school shooting problem.

H/T Business Insider

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*First Published: Feb 22, 2018, 9:51 pm CST