Israel said that Deputy Scot Peterson was outside of the building during the time of the shooting. "It was a real shock to the police department", the president added. It also opposes many Democratic proposals to restrict gun ownership, including limits on the size of magazines or a ban on semiautomatic rifles of the sort Cruz used in his attack.
Teachers have begun returning to the school to collect belongings from classrooms that have been off-limits since the slayings.
The school plans an orientation Sunday for teachers and students, and classes were scheduled to resume Wednesday. Instead, surveillance footage showed him arrive at the building, "take up a position and he never went in", the sheriff said.
"If I were armed, I would have gone into that building", he said.
Schamis wants the same banner hanging in her next classroom. "That's a Holocaust banner and now that's what our slogan is becoming after this tragedy". Police estimate the shooting lasted six minutes.More news: The new normal is abnormal
"Scott Peterson was absolutely on campus through this entire event", Israel said.
He then chose to resign, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. There are no words. "I mean these families lost their children". We lost coaches. I've been to the funerals. I've been to the vigils. "It's just, ah, there are no words".
He "didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward", the president said to reporters as he left the White House this morning.
The sheriff said that Peterson stayed outside "upwards of four minutes".
"When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or something happened, but he certainly did a poor job".
In one example, Peterson mentioned an incident at Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek and described receiving a call about an alarm in the school's cafeteria. Officers are reportedly guarding his home. According to a 2017 performance review, he was considered a trusted officer who "values his position and takes pride in protecting the students, faculty, and staff at his school". He insisted the mishap did not put any lives in danger.More news: American curling team is going for the gold
Phoebe O'Mara is dreading going back to school next week. A deputy followed up with the caller but did not create a report documenting it.
High school students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas and elsewhere around the country have launched a protest and lobbying campaign demanding new curbs on assault weapons.
"Our schools are essentially gun-free zones and that makes them very risky places", Trump said on Friday.
Israel said Peterson should have entered the building, confronted the 19-year-old shooter Nikolas Cruz and killed him.
On Thursday, First National Bank of Omaha said it would not renew a contract with the organization to issue an NRA-branded Visa card.
"I disagree with arming teachers". He said the program would be optional and the deputized person would have to be trained by local law-enforcement agencies.More news: Corporate America begins cutting ties with NRA as boycott grows
"We're going to do something about this disgusting situation that's going on".