Department protocols being one thing, Sheriff Israel was clear Peterson's duty was to act. While federal law bans those under the age of 21 from buying a handgun, current state law in Florida allows 18-year-olds to purchase rifles, including semiautomatic weapons like the one used in the most recent shooting. "We're fighting for the future kids that we're going to have, and that's why we're marching and that's why we're here talking to our senators and our representatives", Sofie Whitney told the crowd.
What did the officer do?
People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school on February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.
"I think he remained outside for upwards of four minutes", Israel said.
Israel said he had decided on the basis of his review of the video to suspend Peterson, but the deputy resigned first.
"When we in law enforcement arrive at an active-shooter, we go in and address the target and that's what should have been done", he said at a Thursday press conference.
CNN has left messages at phone numbers for people listed as Scot Peterson, but has not gotten a response.
Peterson's actions were caught on video during the massacre, which ranks as the second-deadliest shooting ever at a USA public school, carried out by a lone gunman wielding a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault rifle.More news: Trump proposes tougher checks for gun buyers
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There are between 14,000 and 20,000 such officers in the USA, according to the National Association of School Resource Officers.
Peterson was certainly in a position to help.
President Donald Trump delivered remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, today, in Oxon Hill, Md.
Jeff Foster, AP government teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School joins intersection, along with Cindy Gerhardt, president of the Florida PTA, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. They hate the second amendment. "But it's not enough and we're going to make sure they know it's not enough and is not solving our problems". But in a series of tweets, Trump proposed arming teachers, saying itd be a "Great Deterrent!"
The president said later that armed and trained teachers would be more likely to face down an attacker because "they love their students".
"Let's talk about prevention", Hockley said.
Survivors of last week's deadly shooting have called for stricter gun laws, prompting the nationwide activist movement #NeverAgain.
"This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun, and it would be, it's called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them".
U.S. president Donald Trump weighed in today, saying Mr Peterson was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure". "We need more security, we need more firearms on campus, we need better background checks, and we need to study more on mental health".