This Feb. 18, 2015 image taken from video provided by Broward County Public Schools shows school resource officer Scot Peterson during a school board meeting of Broward County, Fla. (Broward County Public Schools via AP)
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US deputy branded a 'coward' breaks silence, defends actionsHe has been publicly branded a "coward" by the president of the United States and forced to resign his job in disgrace.Scot Peterson, 54, broke his silence Monday and defended his conduct during the shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and three adult staff members dead.That Peterson was on campus and armed on February 14 when Nikolas Cruz, a troubled 19-year-old former student, opened fire on his classmates with an AR-15-style rifle is not in dispute.How the more than 30-year veteran of the sheriff's office responded to the gunfire and what he could or should have done is where things get murky.Surveillance video showed Peterson arriving at the building where the attack took place about a minute-and-a-half after the first shots rang out, Israel said.Peterson served as a "school resource officer" -- a member of law enforcement who provides security at a school -- for more than two decades.
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