Trump suggests armed deputy at Florida school was a 'coward'

President Donald Trump left and Attorney General Jeff Sessions right listen as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks during a meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

The armed security guard assigned to a Florida high school during a deadly shooting last week stayed outside the building during the attack and failed to confront the shooter, the county sheriff has said.

A short time later at a nearby park, Cruz told the deputy he had been angry because he misplaced a photo of his recently deceased mother, and he apologized for losing his temper.

Israel on Thursday said Peterson, who was suspended but then resigned, didn't give a reason as to why he stood outside for four of the six minutes Cruz was on his shooting spree.

About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a almost eight-hour trip.

"What he did, he's trained his whole life, there's an example, but when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage or something happened", Trump said.

The armed and uniformed school resource officer in charge of taking care of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, "never went in" to the building as the gunman opened fire.

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school on February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida.

When asked what Sheriff Israel saw Peterson doing in the surveillance video, he said " nothing".

United States president Donald Trump weighed in today, saying Mr Peterson was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure".

In some ways she feels it's too soon to return to the sight of so much bloodshed and grief, but she said the teachers know they need to be strong and "ready to be there for the kids".

The Republican president, who has championed gun rights and was endorsed by the NRA during the 2016 campaign, said he would move quickly to tighten background checks for gun buyers and consider raising the age for buying certain types of guns.

"We're fighting for the friends we lost".

Mr Corcoran said the news about the resource officer's failure to respond did not dissuade him from moving ahead with what he was calling the "marshal" plan to let local law-enforcement officials train and deputise someone at the school who would be authorised to carry a gun.

He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and is being held in a Broward County jail.

The Broward sheriff has said Cruz, after slipping away from the school, casually spent more than an hour drifting through a Walmart store and visiting two fast-food outlets before he was spotted and taken into custody without a struggle.

This photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows weapons lying on a bed.

The superintendent of Johnston County Public Schools in North Carolina issued a letter last week saying the system has applied for a grant to place 12 more school resource officers in schools throughout the district.

"We're going to do something about this awful situation that's going on".

But Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers union, disagreed that arming teachers was a suitable solution.

Survivors of the Florida school shooting descended on the state legislature to meet with lawmakers and push for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.

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