Leftist politicians and celebrities might have blamed the NRA for the Parkland school shooting, but fortunately, Florida officials had enough sense to put blame for that preventable atrocity where it actually belongs. First, with the replacement of the incompetent, lying, blame-shifting sheriff. And now, former deputy and school resource officer Scot Peterson is being made to face the music.
Peterson was dubbed “The Coward of Broward” for sitting outside the school in safety, doing nothing while the shooter mowed down children inside. He even directed other arriving officers not to go in. Tuesday, Peterson was fired and slapped with 11 charges, including neglect of a child, culpable negligence and perjury. If convicted on all counts, he could receive over 96 years in prison.
Peterson made Barney Fife look like Captain America. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who chaired the commission that investigated the shooting and made recommendations for reforms, said, “Scot Peterson is a coward, a failure and a criminal” whose arrest was “absolutely warranted,” adding, “There is no doubt in my mind that because he didn’t act, people were killed.”
Let’s all hear it for the Florida officials who are showing the rest of the nation how to respond to a heinous act like this: not by falling back on partisan clichés and irrelevant political talking points that will do no good, but by identifying what actually allowed it to happen and fixing it, and by identifying those who were really responsible and holding them to account.