>> U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the police officer for failing to confront the gunman in last week's deadly Florida school shooting.>> They're trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward. It was a real shot to the police department. The Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson was an assigned Student Resource Officer, or SRO.
He was the only cop present when a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkwood, Florida. Peterson resigned on Thursday after an internal investigation showed that he took a position but never entered the school.>> The response and actions of Deputy Peterson will be looked at and scrutinized, as will everyones.
>> 17 students and teachers died in the attack. The massacre reignited a debate over how to protect American students from gun violence.>> Protect our youth.>> Survivors have called for restricting sales of firearms. President Trump and gun rights group such as the NRA instead support better protecting schools, and even arming school teachers.
But Reuters learned that in Florida, school safety programs have been significantly cut back.>> The Florida Department of Education has a program called Safe Schools which provides funding to districts throughout the state for security. So that funding has dropped quite a bit, it was at about $75 million back in 2003, the current budget only had $64 million.
So the amount of money that's being spent on security is definetely down. And a number of educators, even before the shooting, had implored lawmakers to hike that budget up so they could pay for more security measures at schools.>> Investigators have also revealed that both the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Office had been previously warned about the gunman, Nikolas Cruz.
Those warnings did not stop the 19-year-old from purchasing a high powered semi-automatic rifle and gunning down his victims. Florida Governor Rick Scott, on Friday, proposed raising the minimum age for buying semi-automatic weapons.