By Sandra Rose  | 

Nikolas Cruz Scot Peterson

An armed resource officer who was assigned to protect students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was caught on surveillance video hiding from the school shooter.

Scot Peterson resigned in disgrace on Thursday rather than be fired. His resignation came a week after Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle to kill 17 students and faculty members on Valentine's Day.

2 of the victims were shot and killed outside the building.

Surveillance video shows Peterson arriving at Building 12 on the school campus during the massacre, but even though he was armed, he never went inside to engage the shooter.

On Thursday, Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed Peterson no longer worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, believes Peterson did a good job. Bell reached out to Peterson, even though he wasn't a member of the union, the NY Post reports.

Bell told The Post that Peterson is "distraught" over the shooting. He said Peterson believed he did a good job by calling the shooting in.

"He believed he did a good job calling in the location, setting up the perimeter and calling in the description [of the shooter]," Bell said.

However, Bell suggested that Peterson's failure to engage the shooter was a mistake.

"We have to act, even if that means risking our lives to save many many more lives. I would demand that from our union members," Bell said. "You’re listening to an execution every time you hear the rifle shot."

Bell said Peterson, a 33-year veteran of the force, was assigned to the school in 2009. He believed the former cop earned about $80,000 annually when he resigned.

  • SpillyNillie

    So he could have shot the SOB and didn't??!! What a way to serve and PROTECT! This is why Black people get infuriated when UNARMED Black men, women, and children are shot and killed by over zealous policemen!

  • CookieMobster

    My mom and date we're both cops. They would have run in there guns blazing, rather than hiding like a coward.

  • ShelbyMoore

    On one hand, that man has kids to raise and, on the other hand, he was there to protect the kids at the school. This just shows that they aren't doing a good job and picking police who can handle the job. Either they're killing unarmed black people, or they are hiding out in the closet when they hear a shooting at the school they should be protecting.

  • Quitedeliteful

    If it was a black shooter he would've done his best to shoot and kill him so he could be labeled as a hero. I heard he resigned and still gets his pension...

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    The cop was smart, His gun was a water gun compared to that machine gun that murderer had, he wasn't trained to protect people from Machine guns that are used in the Army.

  • sunni_daze

    He hid for 4 minutes and this psycho killed 17 in 3 mintues. Had deputy chicken done his job these kids would be alive.

  • Coco_Butter

    He was trained and on the force for over 30 years.

    He could have at least tried to go in and shoot the kid in the legs or somewhere try to disable some kind of way

    If he did that he probably could have prevented someone from being killed

    He was a coward period

  • Yardgirl

    When I heard this my first thought was "Please don't make him be black" because you know they would have turned the focus on him and not the killer!!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Respectfully, he wasn't at Locke High. He was a barely an officer-officer, at an affluent school in an affluent community, who's biggest issue to deal with before that day was who parked their smart car on the lawn...of course he hid.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Hmmm... I didn't think of it that way... I wonder though, if he had any idea what kind of gun the kid had...

  • You Could Never

    Yet they want teachers to pack heat and this man is trained to be a first responder and did not do not shit.

  • You Could Never

    HOWEVER, this man most likely had a pistol. A pistol vs an AR-15 is like taking a knife to a literal gun fight. So Im not sure what was supposed to happen under those circumstances

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    80K???? there are no school officers earning 80K in Los Angeles Unified...unless they are working with the dope dealers

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He was probably carryng a 9mm or maybe a 40 caliber pistol. And people expected him to go toe-to-toe with a man carring a military grade semiautomatic rifle? I cant blame him for not going into a situation where he was going to be way outgunned.
    These cops have wives and families to go home to, so even if the man was scared, I'm not going to blame him or judge him for that.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I would have hid too, under the circcumstances. No shame in my game.

  • You Could Never

    Yeah. Jinx. After more thought...the whole gun vs gun thing was apples to oranges. Agree

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This shyt a mess ... ?says a lot when the police want even defend your kids... stay woke .... cues MJ (all I wanna say is that they don't really care about us ?) Chile I will defend a child even with a butter knife regardless ... If I see a child in danger dammit I'm jumping in.... It's called having courage to defend innocence ...

  • Victor Nathan

    so what is he being paid to do?????....sing backup for the school choir?

  • No Love Lost

    Guess it’s not “To Protect and Serve”..... it’s “To Sit Back and Observe”.

    He saved one person,..himself. He's a coward.

  • Trey

    Dumb a cop with a deadly weapon and authorized to use if are dying and you thinking of yourself...thats not what you signed up for or paid for....the cop is alive but he forever will be labeled a coward...and those defending him are cowards as well...but hey carryon cowards:)

  • GIJoeJones

    This dude was thinking "I put in 33 years on this force, worked my way up to $80K a year, AND I'm finally dating a woman 20 years younger than me. I'll be damned if I run head first into a wall of bullets. Imma just stay right here, call the scenario in, and wait for back up."

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    You still have to assess the threat and make the smart decision. This situation would be like a man with a pocket-knife going up against a man with a samurai sword. It makes sense that unless you have a clean, clear shot at the shooter, you at least make sure protect yourself. At least that's how I see it.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Dumb logic to you, but it's my opinion which I'm entitled to.

    People can call the man a "coward" if they want, but I'd rather be a living coward than a dead hero.

  • Trey

    Thats cool because now he has to keep a low profile for the rest of his life because he branded a coward after kids died and he didnt do anything....

  • Ni Ni

    I get that he was scared, but thats what he was there to do. We often joke about all the old guys they keep hiring for campus police here. Some of them even told me they were just here til their retirement kicks in. In the event of a shooting, they wouldn't be in any shape to run to get to you.

    I needed something yesterday and called to campus police, the guy in there didn't even answer the phone. I drove out there and his old azz sitting behind the desk... didn't want to get up to answer that phone.

  • Trey

    Exactly...your a the type to let something happen to a family member because you think of yourself ....

  • We Can Do This

    *slowly clapping*

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    blah blah blah.
    Leave me alone please. You're annoying.

  • Trey

    30 years of maw enforcement and still a coward....

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  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. I think unless you have a clear shot at the shooter, sometimes it's best to call for backup and wait for SWAT or other specially trained officers to respond.
    But of course It's easy for people to sit behind their keyboard on the internet and be a "hero" in a situation that they're not physically present in.

  • Ni Ni

    He should have chosen a different career then.

  • Trey

    Attempt to stop the shooter....because the KIDS had nothing and you had a gun...

  • Trey

    No shame in my game?....lollolol...coward

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    What are you, like 12?

    SMH. Troll harder.

  • Incompetent coward

    This is why so many cops don’t deserve respect. They shoot down unarmed black people, let armed white people walk, are overzealous when there’s no danger, then this coward is scared during a mass shooting. If you don’t have the balls to protect and serve, don’t sign up to protect and serve. That was his job. He wouldn’t have been doing those kids a favor, but doing his JOB. He should be stripped of his pension.

  • Guest©

    Exactly, my dad was a detective. No way he could've hid while kids were being massacred.

  • Trey

    Nope....just a father....and can sense a coward

  • Tiffani Jett

    Deputy definitely lacked courage. Sad situation. I honestly think he was afraid and his life flashed before his eyes. He froze up during a critical time. He definitely could have did more but chose otherwise. His life will never be the same especially if he stays in the community.

  • JV

    I think it’s ironic that one of the NRA’s oldest slogans is, “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.” And here’s this so-called “good guy,” who does nothing. Guns rights loyalists want to juggle minimal increased gun vetting with arming teachers… doesn’t look like the whole “self-arm” thing is going too well.

  • angrysolo

    whoa so a gun was already in da school but him was fraid to use da gun. hrmmm...

  • JV

    To hear him tell it, he thinks he did the right thing
    waiting for backup. I think if you’re going to put yourself in a position ofresponsibility like that, you have to have the mettle to act selfless when needed. He didn’t.

  • stacee

    Are the teachers they're planning on arming going to walk around with a AK-47 strapped to their backs?

  • We Can Do This

    He used that tactical retreat method!

  • Kemi

    This man was a coward that was close to retirement. He wasn’t going to take the risk of getting shot and forfeit his retirement pension/fund. It’s a shame, he couldn’t be courageous enough to do his job!

  • imright

    what a coward

  • We Can Do This

    You can distinguish the sound of a rifle round as opposed to a small arms weapon. Those .556 and 7.62×39 rounds give off bass and they mean business!

  • JV

    yeah he just got a lump sum retirement.

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  • ann

    9mm may have max rounds of 15 (dependent on model), vs an AR with 30, and Cruz had a bag of extra clips too. So that's a negative on a gunfight, unless officer had the tactical advantage of line of sight, while still being able to take cover. Tag and move will not work with buildings full of children. That's the reason the nut jobs like AR's, is because of the resultant chaos that ensues.

  • Kimberly King

    Ole scary ass ninja! Disgrace is an understatement! I bet he's one of the type of pigs who wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on an unarmed black man during a traffic stop. Disgusting!! He could have planted a bullet in that crazy ass whyte boy's head and saved so many lives. In that case, he would have been a true hero. He should never be able to work in law enforcement again. Can't believe he made $80,000 whereas the TEACHERS made $40,000. Pathetic

  • Benjamin

    What could he have done? Well, his job. Listen, he was out gunned, that is established. What he could, and, should have done, is engage the shooter. A funny thing happens when you are being shot at, you only have the ability to focus on WHO IS SHOOTING AT YOU. This creates time. Precious time that would allow running children to escape and other armed officers to arrive. The AR15 isn't a magical death machine. A trained LEO has quite a tactical and training advantage over a 19 year old maniac. Leverage what you have, and adapt and overcome.

    This officer didn't do his job.

  • PinkGucci

    Omg...smh he deserves to rot mentally knowing he could’ve easily went in there on a prayer and every ounce of luck he had and struck that mf dead in the head....smh... I’m so angry about that he could’ve saved so many lives instead of 17 it possibly could’ve been just 2 or 3 maybe but not dang near 20 and let’s not forget the ones that survived being shot.....Jesus ? he don’t even realiZe he dodged being probably the most honorable heroic man alive...instead he’s the most deplorable cowardice man alive rt now.

  • GIJoeJones

    I trained for combat for many years, and am comfortable with the M-4 (AR-15). I would also like to believe that I would throw caution to the wind and run towards the gunfire. The truth is, you never know how you will behave in the moment until you are forced into the situation.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    unbelievable. resigned/retired with his full pension I hope he's haunted for the rest of his life

  • Kimberly

    Shoot unarmed black men because you are scared then run from armed white men because you are scared. Nah, you can't do both. Can't have it both ways. Do the job you signed up for correctly...

  • Carolina Bandit

    He did his job so good he resigned......?

  • We Can Do This

    The question is, who recommended this bum? Was he a friend of a school board member or teacher?

    80k for Barney Fife!

  • Kimberly King

    EXACTLY. He's an old ass white man. I can think of plenty of jobs where he could have made $80K, and most likely they wouldn't give a damn if he had experience or not because he's a white .... man. I'm willing to bet some money he didn't even TRY to see if he could get s sneak shot in.

  • Kimberly King

    Usually it's "I feared for my life, so I shot him" when they're dealing with an UNARMED black man.

    But when it comes to the crazy, ARMED white guy it's "I feared for my life, so I hid from him."

  • Breitbart_Savior

    Lol. So teachers with guns would be a better solution?

  • RespectSelf

    I really can't judge. That is a tough thing to do... putting your life in danger like that. Nobody really doesn't know what they would do until they are put in that situation.

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  • ShWa

    Armed tho??? He needed to leave his job which he failed to do he could have shot the shooter to keep him from killing so many people as he did!

  • Overpower Radio

    EVeryone is quick to judge him, but I feel the same. Even cops will hide behind their car if a suspect is firing off. Most cops will wait for back up in a situation like that. Painting him as a coward is ruthless of the police department and the media. They could have and should have reprimanded him quietly. They didnt need to do a press conference about this ....even if he really was a coward.

  • Kemi

    Exactly he wasn’t fit got the job. Feel sorry for the innocent dead ones and their families. It’s like salt to wound. Lol @ Barney Fife.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Lol @ him not answering the phone ???

  • datjerk

    He has training. He is a cop! It's his JOB to risk his life when duty calls. Fuck him. Those kids were terrified and he did nothing at all.

  • datjerk

    I can't believe ppl are defending this POS. Would you feel the same if one of those kids belonged to you or a family member? He had ONE JOB. Yes, he is a coward and will be until the day he leaves this earth.

  • Lady_Elle

    Peterson... is a COWARD!!!
    The type of COWARD that would shoot an UNARMED person of color!

  • Kayke

    Exactly and people are voting for citizens to only have water guns, when we know criminals have way more......and by the consensus here, those paid to protect us have the right to opt out should it get too hot.

  • tintin

    sorry but I'm running too now if I have a good shot I will shoot but I'm hiding..cause I dont wanna die

  • Dowoop

    Im sorry but my ass would hide to. I would hide from a lot less than a gun. NO JOB IS WORTH GETTING KILLED OVER!!!

  • Oh Tommie

    You're either gonna fight, flight, or freeze in these types of situations. He should'nt have been a cop if he wasn't prepared to fight and risk his life. Then again, we don't know the whole story or his history....might be why he was a "resource" cop instead of a street one...protecting the school might've seemed safe all those years ago, but it's different now.

  • SweetTEE

    Aint no running when you are GROWN and there are KIDS around. That was his mofo's $80000/ year job- to PROTECT. Tf is wrong with people? Idk how he gon sleep w blood on his hands. Coward b*tch.

  • Tink Tink

    This is a troll....don't feed the trolls.

  • Boogie79

    SAY IT AGAIN!!!!

    That's exactly why (if they don't shoot themselves) they are seen walking out with handcuffs and the news talking about mental health.

  • KarmaBackAround

    His weak ass...this jus pissed me off all over again

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    You know they want to sugar-coat it up, no matter what we know happened!!!

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  • Trace da Ace

    He is a pure PUSSY! How in the hell....your a trained 33 veteran cop....ITS YOUR JOB! What the hell you have a gun for if your scared to use it???? There is NO excuse for his coward ass.....NONE! You are a COP! Your job is to protect and serve....not just when you feel its convenient for you, but all the time! Especially if children are involved. There is no excuse.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Everyone knows the job description Before they apply. That's why I didn't apply to become a doctor, I am Not going to operate. Didn't apply for an airline pilot - Don't like flying. He should had done the same thing when applying to protect. He would run!!!

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    It's really not and scary to know you may depend on security and he may beat you running.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    But Don't apply for this type of job.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    It's not so much about judging, But do your job

  • Renee Johnson

    Right...and his little gun was no match to that rifle Cruz had?

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Probably their friend

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  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Naw, he was sneaking hiding

  • Trace da Ace

    well if that is the case, i am going to trip his ass up, take his gun and try to help them myself. The fact was he had the means to if not stop it, to at least try to take the gunman out....his job was to protect them any and all cost. I am speaking as a much as I would risk my life to protect my kids, I would hope the school resource office would do the same...but that is asking for too much, I guess.

  • tintin

    He"d be a dead black man

  • Simone

    He's a coward! He took an oath to serve and protect and instead he stood outside while students inside got slaughtered. As Ni Ni commented below: He should have chosen a different career. And as his superior BSO Sheriff Israel said: he should have killed him. A rifle has more velocity than a pistol but with precision and police training, he could have caught him from behind or off guard. We'll never know because the coward did not go in. Remember those 3 American heroes in 2015 on that Paris train? They stopped a terrorist attack and took down the terrorist who had a gun with their bare hands.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Im going to be ignorant and say not my concern. They want black folks to deviate from fighting for Black Justice. I will not.

    Just another white sacrificial killing that in the end will only strengthen white supremacy.

    The murderer worth $800k, the guard making $80k a year. Both white. Both incompetent. Both protected and secured by their white privileged. F them both and the system that makes it possible.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    These “cops” out here killing unarmed black men like it’s nothing. They been deviated what is right. I don’t know why this is so surprising.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    What cop nowadays actually do what you mentioned?

  • IamAllnatural

    This write up skipped an important part of this story. The sheriff suspended him without pay pending an investigation after they saw video of him doing nothing to help those children. The officer resigned before the investigation was completed. There is nothing wrong with announcing that cowardness will not be tolerated at BSO!

  • IamAllnatural

    It seems as though they get different training depending on the suspect’s race. If they are white, detain them. But if they’re black, kill them all.

  • garrisonville

    That's just like getting paid to be a firefighter but when a house burns you refuse to go in and rescue people trapped inside. He's a COP. It's a cops job to PROTECT and serve. He's got the blood of 17 innocent lives on his hands.

  • Sistatasteecakes

    The pic you have up is not of Scot Peterson. That is his boss Scott Israel.

  • 1BlueStar

    Of course he hid; they prefer "engaging" with and shooting at those that are unarmed...

  • Roderick2011

    But the gun nuts expect teachers to kill an armed intruder while a man whose sole job was protect the campus punked out?

  • Dowoop

    Thats like saying because Trump is President he is supposed to be for the people and we are supposed to respect him. THINK AGAIN! I said what i said and i meant what i said. No one but the shooter has the blood of 17 lives on his hand!

  • Dowoop

    Oh and ill be outside with the fire hose but i wont be in that burning house!

  • China

    He wanted to make sure he goes home at the end of the day to his family! I would risk my life for cracker kids!!!

  • Sinny

    That’s all he made after 33 years of service? I would’ve hid too.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    It's just Not guaranteed, as in this case.

  • Overpower Radio

    I'm leave it where you're at for now. I'll just say that I'm careful not to place the death of those children on anybody's shoulders except the killer. And as far as his duties as a police officer go, he may have "refused" to do anything ...and to that I understand the outrage.

  • Evillene

    OMG!!!!! Tell it!!!!

  • Roderick2011

    Yeah and this dude was being paid almost $80K. Hell it takes most teachers a master's degree at least 15 to 20 years to earn that much and Trump wants to give teachers 'bonuses' to add security officer to their duties.

    It's ironic that conservatives have trashed teachers for decades but now they 'love' their students.

    Conservatives are trash!!

  • Patricia

    i would have done the same thing. call it in. the weapons were no match. thats the problem letting these americans buy automatic weapons. they can overpower cops with ease.

  • ImWoke

    He froze in fear.

  • THE Queen

    It is very easy to say what someone else should have done and what you would have done if you were in that situation but to be honest he did what he did and there is no taking it back he is a human being just like the rest of us regardless of color I'm not pro black I'm not pro white I'm Pro everybody goodness gracious people let's get it together we need more love and understanding we love to talk about how somebody is this or that if they didn't do what would have been seen as a courageous act in the face of sheer Terror but if he had run in there and gotten shot someone would have said oh he should have stayed outside blah blah blah there is no pleasing people at all to include every person that's on here saying all kinds of craziness if he was an Indian guy people would have had a problem with it if it was a black guy people would have had a problem with it if he was a Jewish guy people would have had a problem with it if he was from Sweden people would have had a problem with it this is why I don't care about what people think I do my best towards living for God and sharing and spreading love that is the whole point here that man went home to his family that night and sorry to say that even though we may not agree with his choice it's his life and it's his choice if you wanted to continue to live and being unarmed doesn't help anyone especially himself

  • Ozad

    He was thinking about his retirement while holding a pistol while the lunatic had a assault rifle shooting 40 rounds of bullets per magazine....although he was a coward ..truthfully who else would go against a machine gun when you got a pistol

  • Gone Too Far

    But they’re quick to shoot at a black man whose hands are up after stopping them on the side of the freeway for speeding or driving a nice car. I can’t with these bitch niggas

  • @yeuphonic

    Your analogy doesn’t make sense and you’re doing mental olympics to justify the failure of this armed officer. Trump being president means he’s suppose to respect the constitution and when he fails to do so it’s a glaring failure of HIS job description.
    The cop FAILED to do his job but unarmed heroes took bullets to protect their classmates/students.

  • the guest

    He should have marched right into that school, aimed, and shot that 19 year old grown man terrorist mass murderer dead on the spot. There is no excuse why an armed officer of the law didn't even attempt to shut down the terrorist.

    But 15 year old unarmed JROTC Peter Wang was courageous enough to hold open a door and ushered his fellow students to safety and lost his life while an old armed officer of the law hid.

    RIP Peter Wang.

  • the guest

    I would have made it a guarantee. If I was an armed officer, especially an armed male officer, on that scene I would have made it a guarantee to shoot that psychopath dead. If that officer could hide and evade getting shot then he could have hid and snuck up on the terrorist and killed him. I can't get over that he hid. Hid! That's worst than running.

  • the guest

    Not even my husband just my kids. Truth right there as a married mother I understand.

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  • the guest

    Thank you.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    I agree 100%. My view as well.

  • China

    He would have shot a unarmed Black man in a hot minute!!! This not our battle!!! Let these crackers do them!! They not up at the white house to fight our Black children's causes!!! Screw them and their parents!!

  • Gone Too Far

    He’s the first out of most to actually still be alive. With the exception of Dylan Roof who shot up that church in Charleston. Most of these demons who are going into schools to shoot people end up shooting themselves. Just again goes to show white privilege in this doomed country we called America

  • Jussjess25

    I kinda agree

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    My co-worker just told me, HE SHOULD HAVE NOT GONE IN ALONE.
    He said, law enforcement is to go in PAIRS, so you have someone that has your back.
    He said, Damned if you do. Damned if you don't.

  • Dowoop

    Just because you are an armed resource officer dont mean you have to be a hero! I sure as hell will not be.

  • justlooking

    I'm all late, but he choose, fauk all that.

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  • Chile_Pleeze

    He RETIRED ...

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    it's obvious that when school age Caucasians kids go to a school to kill...they're not going to use a regular GUN...they're nut cases and are out to get revenge on everybody that didn't do anything to them THEIR WEAPON OF CHOICE LIKE ALL OTHER CAUCASIAN TERRORIST IS THE AR15...I DON'T EXPECT ONE POLICEMAN WITH A "WATER GUN" TO TRY AND PROTECT ANYBODY WHO'S USING AN AR15.

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  • Quitedeliteful

    I hear that!!! I probably wouldn't have gone in either....