>> When we, in law enforcement, arrive at an active shooter, we go in and address the target. And that's what should have been done.>> The failure of a Florida sheriff's deputy to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a massacre unfolded inside, putting the Broward County Sheriff's Office in legal jeopardy.
Ex-officer Scott Peterson, who resigned in disgrace last week, claimed in a statement released by his lawyer that he believed the shooter was outside the school, and that his training demanded he seek cover. But that's not what the Broward County sheriff said happened.>> What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position, and he never went in.
>> Reuters Legal Correspondent Tina Bellin.>> Legal experts have told me that actually, Sheriff Scott Israel coming out shortly after the shooting and saying that the failure of this deputy to enter the school building was disgusting, he should have gone in, and saved these kids' lives, opens them up and invites liability claims.
Because what families of these deceased could claim is that, well the sheriff obviously told you to intervene, and you didn't do so. So you actually violated the task that you took on yourself by accepting this position. And that, legal expert says, could give rise to negligence claims.>> The law enforcement officers are generally immune to legal claims over inaction.
Peterson could fall under a special relationship exception because he was specifically assigned to protect the school.>> It's called concealed carry.>> Peterson's failure to act also complicates Presdident Trump's argument for arming teachers as another means of addressing gun violence in schools.>> Legal experts have said that a case like Peterson showcases the legal mess we could potentially enter if we have more armed teachers in schools.
If teachers, for example, fail to act, or in the worst case, even injure or shoot one of their own students, they would be opening themselves up to the same kind of liability claims that Peterson's facing right now.>> Frankly disgusting.>> Trump has criticised the law enforcement officers who responded to the shooting focusing his ire on Peterson.
>> They didn't react properly under pressure, or they were cowards.>> In his statement, Peterson's attorney said, quote, allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue.