deanimator wrote:There was a story about him being interviewed, on NPR yesterday.
It was mostly a pathetic sob story about HE's the victim.
Imagine a story on German public radio about how tough life was for Adolph Eichmann because he had to move to South America and live under an assumed name...
I found a link that has that short interview in text, and you described it perfectly.
Here though is what I found was the most important part of the interview with the reporter.
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/04/61691787 ... riff-deput
And, you know, he was the only officer with a gun at that school.
Here is some video of Scot Peterson explaining why he thinks it's not his fault. It's basically he didn't go in because he didn't know where the shooting was coming from. If the interviewer asked him why he radioed other deputies to stay away from the building, that part wasn't on this video. Granted, he didn't know exactly in what room of the building the shooter was in, but so what? Also, it wasn't like he was waiting for some kind of backup either, or he would've requested it.
Even though Peterson didn't go in, IMO the Sheriff's dept. and the school board bears some responsibility for the overall response that day. There are reports that the first responder to the shooting (the unarmed coach with the radio who was also a part of the school security) was proficient with firearms. If he would've either been armed or at least had access to a gun, he would've had another option than putting his body in between the shooter and the victims.
Could he have saved lives if he had been armed? No one knows, but one thing is for sure. There would've been better odds of decreasing the number of victims than just depending on one person in a huge school complex.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6M4qaOXGI