Well poor Scot Peterson has certainly found himself enmeshed into one hell of an explosive shitshow, hasn’t he?
On the surface, his actions seem questionable, dubious, perhaps even “cowardly,” but these are not normal times. God no, not normal. Youth culture is erupting in a nauseating flow of castigation-laced liberalism huddled around the subject of guns. The voice of the young is heard resoundingly across the mass media which wets its collective panties in fits of liberal orgasm at the fact that the young future electorate seems momentarily enamored of Democratic talking points and facile pleas of blurry emotion. Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote, clamor liberals as they lasciviously envision a world in which youthful folly chooses the easiest, least nuanced political agenda, the low road of vapid ideologies: reactive leftism. They don’t care if it’s pretty, they only care that this virgin politico represents more votes for the Dems.
And young people, historically clueless in matters of grand cultural gravity and given to immature levels of short-sighted immediate gratification, find every reason to not go to school in lieu of making grand gestures primed for the camera.
Scot Peterson picked a moment to embody so many tensions of the moment. He is (was) an armed high school officer, until he resigned his post due to a course of action he displayed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week during the shooting that left 17 people dead.
The armed school resource deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, waited outside the school building as the shooting unfolded last week, officials said.
Scot Peterson never went in after taking a position on the west side of the building, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.
Peterson resigned after he was suspended without pay by Israel pending an internal investigation into his actions during the shooting that left 17 people dead, Israel said. Peterson was eligible for retirement.
Israel made the decision to suspend Peterson — who was armed and in uniform at the time of the shooting — after interviewing the deputy and reviewing footage and witness statements, he said.
“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position,” Israel said of the video. “And he never went in.”
Israel told reporters Peterson should have “[w]ent in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.” Instead, the deputy waited outside for about four minutes. During that time, Israel said, Peterson got on his radio and took a position where he could see the western entry of the building.
Asked how he felt watching the footage, Israel said: “Devastated. Sick to my stomach. There are no words. These families lost their children. We lost coaches. I’ve been to the funerals, I’ve been to the homes. … I’ve been to the vigils. It’s just — there are no words.”
CNN was attempting to reach Peterson for comment.
Peterson held several jobs, including working as a security guard and stock clerk, before he was hired as a sheriff’s deputy in 1985, according to his personnel records. He also served in the military, he told the sheriff’s office. Peterson, who attended Florida International University, was largely lauded for his performance on the job, including garnering two deputy of the year nominations in recent years, the personnel records show.
A real shitshow, Petersen.
It is easy to condemn Petersen’s actions and there is little thought or analytical thinking going on in the wake of the Valentine’s Day massacre. Clear, lucid thinking has been shunned for myopic, emotive expressions of sensation over objectivity. Sheriff Israel is emblematic of this speak-before-thinking dynamic that has steered all dialogue in the post-Florida environment. It is more customarily accepted that we express only one viewpoint, and we must strive to express it immediately, without forethought. There is no thought, no preemptive analysis. There are artificial rebuffs laden with sentimentality and grandiose spiels of sympathy. All sincerity is to be doubted. Call me cynical.
In light of this mass mentality that has fallen like a pall over all discussions regarding the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership (no thanks to the drivel contributed by today’s aspiring electorate), I cannot help but question this harsh treatment of Scot Peterson’s actions, absent his side of the story.
Perhaps he did act like a coward. It could very well be that he is truly the goat he is portrayed to be.
But do we merely accept this as a truth because the expediencies of the moment dictate that the Florida school shooting has become the sacred cow of gun violence? I, for one, am not willing to banish Scot Peterson to Convenient Villain of the Moment status. What do we expect of our armed school officers?
This is the most compelling question today.