Trump: School Resource Officer Who Stayed Outside South Florida School Shooting A ‘Coward’


President Donald Trump on Friday said that the armed school resource officer who stayed outside during the school shooting last week in South Florida was either a “coward” or “didn’t react properly under pressure.”

Trump made his remarks to reporters outside the White House en route to a national gathering of conservatives in Maryland where he plans to reiterate his view that a primary strategy to counter such shootings is to arm teachers with concealed weapons.

Scot Peterson, school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, authorities said.

“When it came time to get in there or do something, he didn’t have the courage,” Trump told reporters. “He certainly did a poor job.”

“They didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward,” Trump added.

Peterson, a Broward sheriff’s deputy, broke with widely accepted police practices put in place since the Columbine massacre in 1999.

Instead of waiting for backup or specially trained teams to arrive, officers are trained to pursue and eliminate the threat as soon as possible in an attempt to save lives.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · John Wagner, Mark Berman 



  1. Trump careful. Like picking a rose by the thorns.

    If you can have blood, get it.

    A president need not tower out the world its own jitter. Meant hopes are peacetime. Washington wants blood.

    Guard your eyes. He is a rasha to watch.

  2. He’s not a coward. Peterson is a MURDERER!!!
    Thank you Barack Obama/Eric Holder for shoving affirmative action down our throats. If this murderer gets a single penny of pension, I will no longer pay any taxes. Nice fancy trickery of “retiring” before he could get fired, so this dog can bilk the taxpayers. When will the dummies of this once great country WAKE UP and say enough is enough?! End political correctness!!!

  3. Boolony mr truimp!! The guard just had a revolver and he is going against a automatic machine gun????!!! No way he would of been #18, a true korban. So easy to be an arm chair quarterback. The guard was right otherwise he would be dead, gone , in the grave. Very bad, very bad, not good.

    • Automatic machine gun? And these are the people that are pushing for gun control when they haven’t a clue about guns nor thw type of weapon used here nor are they familiar with the laws associated with guns.

    • Bad Brainito, He wasn’t a “guard”, but a sheriff deputy police officer. He didn’t have a “revolver”, but a semi automatic Glock with a 17 rounds magazine. The attacker did not have an “automatic machine gun”, but a semi automatic rifle that offers no advantage over a Glock in a close quarters firefight. If the cowardly cop would have taken cover behind some concrete and shot at the attacker, he would have still been safe, while diverting the attacker’s attention for a few crucial minutes until backup could arrive – he could have easily reduced a body count by half if not more. The cop did what most cops would do: be tough with law abiding citizens and run away from dangerous criminals. The cops are not here to defend the law abiding citizens, but to collect their salaries and benefits – and if the cops do occasionally serve, it’s not the law abiding citizens but a government that pays their salaries. Hence, the reluctance, among the non braindead folks, to entrust their security needs to the police. That’s why we have a second amendment.

      • Well said.
        I myself own an AR15 rifle. It’s semi automatic and not a machine gun. As a Boro Parker I believe the police are afraid to shoot because of political correctness just as in Israel. This liberal mindset is destroying society.


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