Broward County Sheriff: Deputy never entered school in shooting

Students are evacuated in single file by police through a carpark

Broward Sheriff: Deputies to carry rifles at Florida school

Israel said he was "devastated, sick to his stomach" when he found out about Peterson's actions.

Israel told reporters Peterson should have "w$3 ent in".

Israel said the investigation remains ongoing.

The proposal to put guns in schools closely mirrors arguments pushed by the National Rifle Association, which staunchly opposes all gun control efforts.

On Thursday, in the NRA's first comments since the massacre, its head accused Democrats and media of "exploiting" the attack.

What did the officer do?

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The decision to arm sheriff's deputies with assault rifles comes one week after Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.

However, Israel said video showed the deputy arriving at the west side of the building where the shooting took place.

"Schools need to be fortified", Israel said.

Deputies assigned to school campuses in south Florida's Broward County reportedly will now be allowed to carry rifles on school grounds.

Neither the deputy nor any representatives could immediately be reached for comment.

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He also spoke about Marjory Stoneman Douglas' School Resource Deputy on the day of the shooting. "They hate individual freedom".

"Somebody would say, 'He's on the second floor, ' and we had guys on the second floor saying, 'We're on the second floor, we don't see him.' That's when we figured out there's a tape delay", Pustizzi told the Sun Sentinel. "We give them a little bit of a bonus".

Galvano insisted the idea is not the same as arming teachers. No report was initiated, and the deputy later said he referred the call to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

It was a markedly different tone than that deployed on stage minutes earlier by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, who delivered an unbowed defense of gun ownership and lashed out at Democrats - saying they are using the tragedy for "political gain".

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