Sheriff: Deputy on duty during Parkland shooting resigns

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The Washington Post reports that Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while Nikolas Cruz was inside shooting students and teachers.

President Donald Trump continued to criticize the armed school resource officer in Parkland, Florida, who stayed outside of the school during the shooting, saying during a White House news conference conference that Scot Peterson "doesn't love the children, probably doesn't know the children".

Sheriff Israel said Mr Peterson should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer", according to the AP.

During the attack, Peterson reportedly held a position outside the western entrance of the building for more than four minutes.

Israel explained that he suspended Peterson, but he chose to resign because he met the qualifications necessary for retirement. When asked what steps Peterson should've taken, Israel responded plainly, "Went in".

Students and others across the nation are taking major steps to march for their lives and push for gun reform following the horrific shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine's Day that left 17 dead.

The sheriff said he was "devastated, sick to my stomach", over the deputy's inaction, the AP reported.

Sheriff Israel also confirmed that two other deputies have also been placed on restrictive jobs for not acting on 23 calls sent to the sheriff's department during the past several years. Police estimate the shooting lasted six minutes.

Additionally, local law enforcement visited the shooter's home 39 times prior to the shooting and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was tipped off about him twice. Numerous surviving students and gun control activists are proposing banning the sale of AR-15s, the firearm Cruz used to kill.

Levine said he does not believe arming teachers, like President Trump suggested, will make students any safer.

When the shooting started, Peterson was in an office dealing with a "school-related issue", Israel said.

Cruz was arrested shortly after the shooting and is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The US Congress has always been deadlocked on the gun debate, accomplishing nothing despite a spate of mass shootings and polls showing that Americans support stricter gun laws by a two-to-one margin. "He didn't say, 'I agree; I disagree.' He just wanted to hear our input on everything".