Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

"He never went in", a distressed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Thursday presser about the officer who was assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where, last week, a former student opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon.

"It will be done safely", Israel said. Only deputies who are trained and qualified will carry those rifles.

Israel also said that "we also need to talk about sensible gun control".

Israel said the policy was implemented Wednesday morning and deputies will be required to keep their rifles locked in their police vehicle when they are not being carried. Israel did say BSO deputies "pulled people out, saved lives".

The announcement comes as authorities are reviewing the law-enforcement response to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in the county - the worst mass killing at a school since the rampage at Sandy Hook in 2012.


Israel said the policy is being carried out in cooperation with the county's school superintendent. He said that authorities will "make a decision about whether they could have done more" to intervene.

The sheriff said the revelation made him "devastated, sick to my stomach". As you all know, he's the School Resource Deputy.

The School Resource Officer identified as Scot Peterson has since resigned. Israel said of his feelings after learning Peterson did not enter the building. The crowd marched at the state Capitol complex in Tallahassee, with banners and posters and chanting slogans such as "Never again!" and "Shame on you!"

Among those opposed to adding guns in schools is Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son died during the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.

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