The man that has come to be known as the ‘Coward of Broward’ speaks out. Here’s what he had to say…
Scot Peterson, the School Resource Officer for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida had been given the nickname the ‘Coward of Broward’ for not immediately entering the building and ending the horrific shooting that killed 17 people. He was roundly condemned for failing to act as he was armed and on site.
Watch the surveillance footage of Peterson’s actions:
Peterson is now breaking his silence and giving his side of the story to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
GUTHRIE: Would you acknowledge that in this really important moment, you missed it?
PETERSON: I live with that, how could I not?
Peterson also said, ‘I’m human. If I would’ve known, knowing what I know today. I would’ve been in that building in a heartbeat. It’s my kids.‘
Guthrie pressed Peterson on what information he was given and where he thought the shots were coming from.
EXCLUSIVE: Scot Peterson, the armed officer who never entered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the school shooting in February, speaks out to @SavannahGuthrie.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 4, 2018
He said that he walked to a spot on campus that would give him a vantage point of multiple buildings because he believed that a sniper was firing outside.
Parkland school resource officer Scot Peterson shares his moment-by-moment account of what he says happened on the day of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pic.twitter.com/lJqjNpLQFc
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 5, 2018
Peterson explained that it was difficult to hear because the building is hurricane-proof.
He also said that there was a breakdown in communication because the emergency calls coming from the school were being rerouted to the town next to Parkland instead of to the sheriff’s office. The dispatcher had little information.
GUTHRIE: So your dispatcher, nobody’s giving you any information?
PETERSON: No intel. No real-time intelligence whatsoever.
Guthrie then pressed Peterson on why he never entered the building.
Peterson said that he believed that he was doing his duty because he had been trained to ‘contain the area’. He added, ‘Things went so fast. I never had a chance.‘
Some Parkland parents aren’t buying it.
Fred Guttenberg’s daughter was killed that day.
Scot Peterson, you were not a victim and so stop with this crap. You created victims. My daughter was one of them. She was on the 3rd floor and you could have saved her life. You are not making things better with your interviews. They are not "your kids" as you say.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) June 4, 2018
This past weekend was the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Graduation. There were 4 students that received their diplomas posthumously: Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack, Carmen Schentrup, and Nicholas Dworet.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduates with 4 empty chairs.
If that doesn’t shake government leaders to the core, I don’t know what would.
This photo is of Joaquin “Guac” Oliver’s mom accepting his diploma🧡
And the other: Meadow Pollack, Carmen Schentrup & Nicholas Dworet#MSDStrong pic.twitter.com/faEF7wMg6o
— Dawn Young-McDaniel ♿️🎬 (@justdawn_) June 3, 2018
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