The School Resource Officer and other deputies present at the scene of the Parkland, FL school shooting have become an easy target in the media for failing to confront the killer right away. This is highly unjustified, believes Tim Vogt of USA Today. Police protocol for these situations preaches that such engagements should happen with the goal to reduce the loss of life and only when equipped to match the shooter. Labelling the cops “cowards” is deeply unfair and ignores the extreme stress and shock of being in a situation where bullets fly. Panic takes over in ways that disable even the most courageous. We must understand that the deputies are still human.
Recent reports have shown that up to four law enforcement agents were outside the school where 17 people were murdered in Parkland, FL. That they stayed outside while the shooter killed scores of children is an incredible miscarriage of police duties, holds David Marcus of The Federalist. Additionally, the local sheriff has denied any wrongdoing by himself, going so far as praising his department. He should resign for this inability to take responsibility. Forty-five calls had informed the cops about the shooter, they were even previously aware of him threatening to commit a school shooting. The botched response was disappointing and insufficient.