A sheriff’s deputy who stood outside a Florida school when a gunman was killing people inside last week was either a coward or did not react properly under pressure, US President Donald Trump said on Friday, reports say. The deputy, Scott Peterson, 54, resigned late on Thursday after he was suspended without pay by Broward County Sheriff Scott J Israel. Trump said Peterson’s poor show in a critical situation like that vindicates his proposal on Thursday to arm teachers who may do a better job than outsiders because they know their school and love their students. Peterson was armed and in uniform at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland when former student Nikolas Cruz started shooting people. Israel said a video of the shooting showed Peterson taking position at the gate but never going in. He just waited outside for four minutes as the slaughter went on.
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