LISTEN: Cops Told to Stay Away During Parkland High School Shooting
How the deuce does this story keep getting worse? It's like watching Amy Schumer's Netflix special. Over and over again. Sober. I mean, the failures surrounding the Parkland school shooting are well documented (see Student Blasts Resource Officer Who Cowered During Parkland Shooting and EMT Reveals the MASSIVE Failures That Took Place During the Stoneman Shooting). Massive failures that at least indirectly are responsible for 17 students being murdered. It's bad. Then you hear the SRO telling the police to STAY AWAY from the shooting.
And you get stabby.
Roundly vilified for not entering a Parkland high school during a mass shooting, Broward Deputy Scot Peterson insisted publicly that he believed that gunfire was happening outside on campus — not from inside the building. But internal radio dispatches released by the sheriff's office Thursday show Peterson immediately fixated on Building 12 and even radioed that gunfire was happening “inside.”
And, just as school shooter Nikolas Cruz was fleeing the building after killing 17 people, Peterson warned his fellow officers to stay away — even as wounded students and staff lay inside.
If you'll excuse me, I need a minute.
Ok, let's continue.
BSO policy calls for deputies to engage an active shooter and eliminate the threat.
“Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away,” Peterson said over the radio, according to the records released Thursday.
To recap. Shooter flees the school. Wounded students and staff lay shot and bleeding in the school. The school resource officer, whose job it is to protect the students in the school, tells the police to stay away from the school. For reasons unclear to anyone with a brain.
Or balls. Humanity.
It's one thing for the officer to say "Stay back and cover me, I'm going in." That's not what happened. Giving locations to other officers would be normal so other officers know where everyone is. Kind of a duh. But "Don't go into this building..." with no reason at all?
You almost expect to hear the SRO actually bought the AR-15 for the shooter. Tussled his hair. Saying, "Now go run off now, you little scamp." We've gotten to a point where that wouldn't surprise me.
But the NRA and you possessing your own gun. That's the problem.