Scot Peterson is a former law enforcement officer who resigned following criticism over how he responded to a school shooting. Peterson had been a [[Broward County Sheriff's Office|Broward County] Sheriff's Deputy, for over thirty years, and had been assigned as a school resource officer to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, since 2009. After a review of surveillance video showed Peterson remained safely outside, while mass shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 staff and students, Peterson was placed on unpaid leave, pending a disciplinary review. Peterson resigned later that day.
Law enforcement career
Billeted on campus
After he was appointed School Resource Officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Peterson was one of 32 officers who were billeted on campuses, in a program that stirred controversy. Officers were provided with portable housing, under the rationale that school security would benefit if Police officers were known to live on the school grounds. Peterson spoke in favor of the program, when it was under review. Critics described the billeting program as ineffective and expensive. Most officers failed to file their required logs. One officer sublet his trailer, rather than living there. Nevertheless, Peterson argued that it shouldn't be dismissed due to the non-compliance of some officers
Described as impeding attempts to determine whether Cruz was a threat to public safety
- The school resource officer was contacted and refused to provide specific information to the investigator. Florida law does not give APS the authority to compel law enforcement to provide additional information during an investigation.
- Robby Soave (2018-02-23). "School Resource Officer Who Failed to Confront Mass Shooter Previously Defended Cops Living at School Rent-Free: Scot Peterson, SRO of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, also failed to assist a CPS investigation into Nikolas Cruz.". Reason magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224064854/https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/23/school-resource-officer-scot-peterson-pa. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "Not only did Peterson fail to confront Cruz—he also failed to assist a previous investigation, undertaken by state authorities, to determine whether Cruz was a threat to himself or others."
- Chuck Johnston, Jamiel Lynch, Dakin Andone (2018-02-22). "Armed school resource officer stayed outside as Florida shooting unfolded, sheriff says". CNN (Parkland, Florida). Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224132858/https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/22/us/florida-school-shooting/index.html. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "Israel made the decision to suspend Peterson -- who was armed and in uniform at the time of the shooting -- after interviewing the deputy and reviewing footage and witness statements, he said."
- Alan Blinder, Patricia Mazzei (2018-02-22). "As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’". New York Times (Fort Lauderdale): p. A1. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225043951/https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/us/nikolas-cruz-florida-shooting.html?mtrref=undefined. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "The New York Times reported on Wednesday that an officer from the Coral Springs Police Department who responded to the shooting had seen Deputy Peterson in a Stoneman Douglas High parking lot. The deputy “was seeking cover behind a concrete column leading to a stairwell,” Officer Tim Burton said."
- Robby Soave (2018-02-22). "Armed School Resource Officer Stayed Safely Outside School While Mass Killing Was Underway". Reason magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224064856/https://reason.com/blog/2018/02/22/parkland-stoneman-school-resource-office#comment. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel told reporters in no uncertain terms that the officer had a responsibility to confront the killer and attempt to stop him."
- Stephen Hobbs, Scott Travis, Lisa J. Huriash (2018-02-23). "Stoneman Douglas cop resigns; sheriff says he should have 'killed the killer'". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224152750/http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-florida-shooting-sro-20180222-story.html. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "Peterson, 54, came under scrutiny after 19-year-old Cruz entered a school building with an AR-15 rifle and killed 14 students and three educators on Valentine’s Day. Cruz later confessed, police said."
- Karen Yi (2015-01-22). "Officers fight to keep 'cops on campus' program". South Florida Sun Sentinel. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-broward-roc-officer-audit-meeting-20150122-story.html. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "'These colleagues work hard. We are crime prevention, an audit report will never show how much we prevent,' said Scot Peterson, an officer who has lived at Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek since 2000. He said he's arrested several juveniles for breaking into school property."
- Annalisa Mereli (2018-02-23). "A two-year timeline of FBI and police failures to stop the Parkland school shooter". Quartz magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20180223220342/https://qz.com/1214418/the-fbi-broward-county-sheriffs-office-and-scott-petersons-many-failures-to-prevent-the-parkland-school-shooting/. Retrieved 2018-02-24. "The BSO determined that Cruz “possessed knives and a BB gun,” and informed Scott Peterson, an officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School."
- Lori Rozsa, Mark Berman (2018-02-23). "Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228165215/https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/22/armed-sheriffs-deputy-stayed-outside-florida-school-while-mass-killing-took-place/#?utm_term=.519ef1f9949e. "Peterson, 54, a resource officer at the school since 2009, resigned after Israel suspended him. Israel said two other officers have been placed on a restricted assignment pending an internal investigation relating the school shooting."
- Alexandra Seltzer, Eliot Kleinberg and Joe Schad (2018-02-24). "Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history". WSB TV (Boynton Beach, Florida). Archived from the original on 2018-02-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224195105/http://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/deputy-who-failed-to-engage-parkland-shooter-had-solid-work-history/706262031. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "The decision to stand down marked the end of Peterson’s otherwise nearly stellar three decades with the Sheriff’s Office. Israel publicly disclosed Peterson’s lack of action Thursday and said the deputy was suspended without pay. Peterson then chose to retire instead."
- "Trump: Florida school officer 'didn't have the courage'". BBC News. 2018-02-23. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225161946/http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43174069. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Mr Trump said Mr Peterson might be a 'coward"' who 'didn't react properly under pressure'."
- "School officer 'didn't react properly under pressure' - Trump". Radio New Zealand. 2018-02-23. Archived from the original on 2018-02-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20180223203012/https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/351145/school-officer-might-be-coward-trump. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Mr Peterson is yet to publicly comment on what happened. Officers are reportedly guarding his home."
- "Why didn't the officer rush into Florida's school shooting?". New Zealand Herald. 2018-02-24. Archived from the original on 2018-03-01. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.archive.org%2Fweb%2F20180301185813%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.nzherald.co.nz%2Fworld%2Fnews%2Farticle.cfm%3Fc_id%3D2%26objectid%3D12001146&date=2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "The 54-year-old deputy, a resource officer at the school since 2009, has resigned. Peterson had served with the Broward County Sheriff's Office since 1985, and was considered a trusted and exemplary deputy, according to performance reviews reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel."
- William Wan, Amy Ellis Nutt (2018-02-23). "Sheriff’s deputy vilified by department, community and president after lack of action during Parkland shooting"]. Denver Post. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225051737/https://www.denverpost.com/2018/02/23/sheriff-deputy-villified-lack-of-action-parkland-shooting/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "President Donald Trump called Peterson a coward. “When it came time to get in there or do something, he didn’t have the courage,” Trump told reporters Friday morning."
- Amy Rock (2018-02-23). "Stoneman Douglas Resource Officer Didn’t Enter School During Shooting". Campus Safety magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225064825/https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/safety/stoneman-douglas-resource-officer/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Surveillance video shows 54-year-old Scot Peterson outside of the building “for upwards of four minutes” while students and faculty were gunned down, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israe"
- Jake Tapper (2018-02-23). "Sources: Coral Springs police upset at some Broward deputies for not entering school". CNN. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228095541/https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/23/politics/parkland-school-shooting-broward-deputies/index.html. "When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school."
- Emily Shapiro, Armando Garcia, Darren Reynolds (2018-02-23). "Armed deputy who did 'nothing' to stop suspect was former employee of the month". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228172419/http://abcnews.go.com/US/armed-deputy-stop-shooter-employee-month/story?id=53302433. "Peterson was named Parkland district employee of the month in May 2012 and was recognized as school resource officer of the year in 2014."
- "Why didn't the officer rush into Florida's school shooting?". Newswire. https://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00100270-armed-deputy-does-not-intervene-in-florida-school-shooting.html. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- Zuri Davis (2018-02-20). "VIDEO: Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz shown fighting students in 2016". WPXI (Parkland, Florida). Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225064624/http://www.wpxi.com/news/national/nikolas-cruz-video-florida-school-shooting-suspect-nikolas-cruz-shown-fighting-students-in-2016-1/703563780. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "A September 2016 video shows Cruz wearing a white shirt and khakis while fighting with other students. Cruz was reportedly handed a two-day suspension following the incident."
- Scott Glover, Curt Devine (2018-02-23). "Deputy who stayed outside during school shooting had glowing reviews, his personnel records show". CNN. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225134746/https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/23/us/school-resource-officer-reviews-invs/index.html. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "The Florida deputy who waited outside as a gunman targeted staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17, was twice nominated as the School Resource Deputy of the Year and won the award in 2014, personnel records obtained by CNN show."
- Peter Finch (2018-02-23). "Nobody is Coming to Save You... No Matter Their Job". GAT Daily. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225064923/https://gatdaily.com/nobody-coming-save-no-matter-job/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Scott Peterson, former Deputy Sheriff of Broward County, had one job. He failed."
- Christal Hayes (2018-02-24). "Florida school shooting: Broward sheriff probes claim that more deputies did not immediately enter school". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20180227205757/https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/24/florida-high-school-shooting-more-deputies-under-investigation-response-report-says/370253002/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "The department is investigating a claim that several deputies stayed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during the response to the mass shooting instead of immediately going inside. Already, Sheriff Scott Israel has said the first deputy there, the school's resource officer, did not go inside even though the gunman was actively shooting."
- Brendan Farrington, Gary Fineout, Terry Spencer (2018-02-22). "Deputy on duty at Parkland school never went inside to engage shooter, has now resigned". Toronto Star (Tallahassee). Archived from [the original on 2018-02-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20180224000844/https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/02/22/deputy-on-duty-at-parkland-school-never-went-inside-to-engage-shooter-has-now-resigned.html. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "The officer, Scot Peterson, was suspended without pay and placed under investigation, then chose to resign, Israel said. When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have 'went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.'"
- Lisa J. Huriash (2018-02-23). "Coral Springs cops detail their rescue efforts during Stoneman Douglas school shooting". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2018-02-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20180225054918/http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-sb-douglas-shooting-coral-springs-responders-20180223-story.html. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
- John Bacon, David Jackson, Greg Toppo (2018-02-26). "Florida deputy denies he was a 'coward' during school shooting". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228154011/https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/26/florida-deputy-denies-he-coward-during-school-shooting/373385002/. "Peterson, DiRuzzo said, had the "presence of mind" to have school administrators go to the school’s video room and review the closed-circuit cameras to locate the shooter and then obtain a description for law enforcement."
- Natalie O'Neill (2018-02-26). "Disgraced deputy says he’s no coward for not running into school shooting". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228000316/https://nypost.com/2018/02/26/disgraced-deputy-says-hes-no-coward-for-not-running-into-school-shooting/. "Peterson claims he took cover after responding to a report that firecrackers were going off at the school, his lawyer said. The deputy claims he told the first Coral Springs officer who arrived on the scene that he thought “the shots were coming from outside,” according to the statement."
- David Ovalle, David Smiley (2018-02-26). "I’m no coward, says deputy who didn’t go inside Parkland school during massacre". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228124640/http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article202164039.html. "On Monday, Peterson pushed back against the critics in his first public statement, essentially arguing he did the right things in an uncertain, chaotic situation."
- Abigail Abrams (2018-02-22). "Broward Sheriff Deputy Resigns After Video Shows He Avoided School Shooting". Time magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20180227204851/http://time.com/5171755/broward-sheriff-deputy-resigns-video-parkland-florida-school-shooting/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "He added the deputy 'clearly' knew a shooter was inside the building, but stayed outside for four minutes while the killing continued."
- Sarah Gray. "'Coward' Cop Defends His Actions During Parkland School Shooting". Time magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20180227201819/http://time.com/5176090/scot-peterson-not-coward-parkland-cop/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Peterson, according to the statement, believed that the shooter was outside because, “Radio transmissions indicated that there were a gunshot victim in the area of the football field.”"
- David Fleshler (2018-02-26). "Former deputy Scot Peterson says why he didn't go inside Stoneman Douglas during shooting". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228153317/http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-florida-school-shooting-peterson-lawyer-20180226-story.html. "Peterson said the initial report was of firecrackers, not gunshots, in the 1200 building, where the killer was shooting his victims. When he reached the building, he heard gunshots, but “believed that those gunshots were originating from outside of any of the buildings on the school campus,” the statement said, in a quotation attributed to Peterson."
- Jon Schuppe, Danny Cevallos (2018-02-26). "Florida officer Scot Peterson defends response to Parkland shooting". NBC News. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228105114/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-officer-scot-peterson-defends-response-parkland-shooting-n851281. "Peterson's lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo III, said in a statement Monday that Israel had rushed to judge his client without taking into consideration all the facts."
- Daniel La Silva (2018-02-22). "Parkland shooting: Armed school resource officer ‘never went in’ to school during shooting". NBC News. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180227204353/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parkland-shooting-armed-school-resource-officer-never-went-school-during-n850441. "Israel added that after seeing the video, hearing witness accounts and getting a statement from Peterson, he suspended the officer without pay pending an internal investigation. Peterson then resigned, he said."
- Ali Vitali (2018-02-2x). "Trump: An armed teacher ‘would’ve shot the hell out of’ the Florida gunman". NBC News (Washington, DC). Archived from the original on 2018-02-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20180227213432/https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-armed-teacher-wouldve-shot-hell-out-florida-gunman-n850666. "Later in the day Friday, during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump called Peterson's decision to stay outside "not his finest moment" and said the guard didn't "love the children." Teachers, on the other hand, Trump said, "love their children" and would move to protect them in situations of crisis."
- Chelsea Bailey (2018-02-24). "Three sheriff’s deputies remained outside school during Parkland shooting". NBC News. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180227141101/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/three-sheriff-s-deputies-remained-outside-school-during-parkland-shooting-n850946. "Douglas High teacher Felicia Burgin, who was inside the building while the shooting occurred, said she believes Peterson is being used as a "scapegoat.""
- Patricia Mazzie (2018-02-26). "Sheriff’s Deputy Defends Actions in Florida Shooting, Denying He Was a ‘Coward’". New York Times (Miami): p. A13. Archived from the original on 2018-03-01. https://web.archive.org/web/20180301003838/https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/us/sheriffs-deputy-florida-shooting.html. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "His statement appeared to contradict the sheriff, Scott Israel, who said last week that Mr. Peterson should have immediately charged the building instead of taking a position outside for more than four minutes while the shooting was taking place. Sheriff Israel characterized Mr. Peterson’s inaction as doing 'nothing.'"
- Eric Levenson (2018-02-26). "Armed Parkland officer believed shots came from outside school, attorney says". CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/26/us/parkland-shooting-school-resource-officer-attorney-statement/index.html. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Peterson acted consistent with his training and "took up a tactical position between the 700-800 buildings corridor/corner," Peterson said. He was the first officer to advise dispatch that he heard shots fired, and he initiated a "Code Red" to lock down the campus, according to the statement."
- "Florida school shooting: Officer Scot Peterson defends actions". BBC News. 2018-02-27. Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20180228124803/http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43202800. "Broward Sheriff's Office had trained him to seek cover and assess the situation in the event of outdoor gunfire, his lawyer said."
- David Smiley, Nicholas Nehamas , Charles Rabin. "As Broward sheriff touts ‘amazing leadership,’ a low grumble builds in the ranks". Miami Herald. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article202758764.html. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
- Justin Caruso (2018-02-26). "Report: Deputies Were TOLD Not To Go Into High School". Daily Caller. http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/26/breaking-deputies-told-not-to-go-in/. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Fox News’ Laura Ingraham reported Monday that Broward County deputies were told not to go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the mass shooting earlier this month."
- Cheryl Hinneburg (2018-02-27). "4 police officers told not to enter FL school during mass shooting". American Military News. https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/02/4-police-officers-told-not-to-enter-fl-school-during-mass-shooting/. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "'Now, our sources near the Broward County Sheriff’s Department are telling us that the deputies who arrived at the scene of the shooting were told not to enter the school unless their body cameras were turned on, and then we found out that the deputies did not have body cameras so they did not enter the building or engage the shooter,' Fox News’ Laura Ingraham reported Monday."
- "BSO faces backlash in wake of Stoneman Douglas shooting". WSVN. 2018-02-27. https://wsvn.com/news/local/bso-faces-backlash-in-wake-of-stoneman-douglas-shooting/. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "However, Peterson spoke through his lawyer and said he initially received a call of firecrackers instead of gunfire and, when he responded, he heard the gunfire but believed that it was coming from outside."
- David Smiley (2018-02-17). "What were sheriff’s deputies doing outside Parkland school? Media sue to see the video.". Miami Herald. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article202378129.html. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Deputy Scot Peterson resigned last week rather than be suspended without pay, but broke his silence Monday to say that Israel has miscast his response to the shooting. Peterson’s reaction, as well as that of four or five other deputies who were seen waiting outside the school when Coral Springs police arrived, have been harshly criticized, including by President Donald Trump."
- "Medal of Honor Recipient Ty Carter Says Running Into Shooting Is 'Probably the Worst Thing You Can Do'". Inside Edition. 2018-02-27. http://www.insideedition.com/medal-honor-recipient-ty-carter-says-running-shooting-probably-worst-thing-you-can-do-41078. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "After President Trump slammed Florida deputies for failing to stop the Parkland high school shooting, a Medal of Honor recipient says rushing into the scene of a mass shooting is "probably the worst thing you can do.""
- "Former deputy branded 'coward' by Trump once told school board his goal is 'to protect our kids'". WBAL. 2018-02-27. http://www.wbal.com/article/297240/110/former-deputy-branded-coward-by-trump-once-told-school-board-his-goal-is-to-protect-our-kids. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "In an appearance before the Broward County School Board, Peterson touted the Resident On Campus Security Program, also known as ROCS. At the time, Peterson, in addition to his duties as a school resource officer for the sheriff's office, was a ROCS officer who lived on the campus of Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek, Florida."
- "Scot Peterson’s Attorney: Deputy’s Actions Were ‘Appropriate’ in Waiting Outside During Florida School Shooting". Brinkwire. 2018-02-28. http://en.brinkwire.com/177766/scot-petersons-attorney-deputys-actions-were-appropriate-in-waiting-outside-during-florida-school-shooting/. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "The deputy thought the shooting was occurring outside for a variety of reasons. For one, he’d originally received calls of firecrackers, not gunfire, in the area. When he distinguished gunshots, he believed they were “originating from outside of any of the buildings on the school campus,” DiRuzzo said. Peterson had also received radio transmissions that there was a gunshot victim in the vicinity of the football field, furthering his belief that the shooting was happening outside."
- "Retired Broward deputy speaks out on Scot Peterson, SRO shortage". WSVN. 2018-02-27. https://wsvn.com/news/local/retired-broward-deputy-speaks-out-on-scot-peterson-sro-shortage/. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Martinez said everyone should wait until the investigation is over before they pass judgment, but he added that now is the time to expose other problems — like what he calls a major shortage of school resource officers in Broward County."
- Josh Gerstein (2018-02-27). "Sessions won't comment on Trump 'coward' remark about Florida deputy". Politico. https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2018/02/27/sessions-trump-coward-florida-parkland-430612. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Last Friday, Trump singled out by name Broward County deputy Scot Peterson, who was assigned to the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were slain earlier this month."
- Michelle Malkin (2018-02-28). "Malkin: Release school shooting surveillance video". Amarillo Globe. http://amarillo.com/editorial/opinion/opinion-columnist/2018-02-28/malkin-release-school-shooting-surveillance-video. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Third, Deputy Scot Peterson has already resigned, so the sheriff’s office should not be able to hide behind the confidential personnel records shield. Peterson publicly disputes Israel’s version of events and released his own detailed account of his actions after his former boss blabbed about the surveillance tape at a backside-saving press conference last week."
- Samantha Raphelson (2018-02-28). "Was Florida Deputy A 'Coward'? School Shooting Highlights Trials Of Police Duty". National Public Radio. https://www.npr.org/2018/02/28/589534296/was-florida-deputy-a-coward-school-shooting-highlights-trials-of-police-duty. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "The harsh criticism of Peterson's actions is raising questions about the role of law enforcement officers in schools and the meaning of cowardice as it relates to their responsibility."
- "Florida Sheriff says he has given 'amazing leadership'". Sydney Morning Herald (Parkland, Florida). 2018-02-26. https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/florida-sheriff-says-he-has-given-amazing-leadership-20180226-p4z1p5.html. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Police from the neighbouring city of Coral Springs have said three other Broward deputies besides Peterson were waiting behind cars outside the school when they responded to the shooting. Israel said on Sunday that only Peterson, then the school resource officer, was at the school during the shooting."
- Glenn Reynolds (2018-02-15). "Florida shooting yet another government failure to keep us safe: Glenn Reynolds". USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/02/25/florida-shooting-yet-another-government-failure-keep-us-safe-glenn-reynolds-column/371372002/. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "Then, when Cruz finally began shooting up the school, the failures became even more outrageous. A Broward County sheriff’s deputy — weirdly, the same Deputy Scot Peterson who apparently ignored the Instagram threat and also refused to cooperate with investigators — was on the scene, but cowered in the parking lot instead of taking action."
- Mark Berman (2018-02-26). "Broward deputy didn’t go inside Parkland school during shooting because he thought the gunfire was outside, lawyer says". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/26/broward-deputy-who-didnt-go-inside-school-during-shooting-thought-gunfire-was-outside-acted-appropriately-lawyer-says/?utm_term=.964f452b510b. Retrieved 2018-03-01. "The former deputy, Scot Peterson, was the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a gunman opened fire there on Feb. 14. Peterson’s actions have been sharply criticized since the shooting, with President Trump calling him a “coward” and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel saying he was “disgusted” and “just demoralized” by Peterson’s actions."
- "Sheriff: Deputy on duty during school shooting never went inside". Fox 10 Phoenix (Parkland, Florida). 2018-02-22. Archived from the original on 2018-02-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20180223044839/http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-world-news/sheriff-deputy-on-duty-during-school-shooting-never-went-inside. Retrieved 2018-02-28. "Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that he was "devastated" and sick to his stomach after finding out the school resource officer on duty, Deputy Scott Peterson, was on campus at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside the building during the shooting."