We still can not say that. Not to take anything away from what he did because it was terribly heroic but I think protecting someone, especially a child, is a more natural instinct than killing someone. I know many teachers, the majority of them are adamantly opposed to teachers carrying weapons but I have little doubt that most of them would step in front of a bullet to protect a child. I also have little doubt that none of them would shoot at a child.
When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.
With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. ...
Some Coral Springs police were stunned and upset that the four original Broward County Sheriff's deputies who were first on the scene did not appear to join them as they entered the school, Coral Springs sources tell CNN.
Itís sickening. 4-on-1, all armed, and you let kids die?
I could understand the SRO to some extent. Heís not realistically expecting to use his firearm. But three regular duty LEOs as well? Thatís breathtakingly cowardly.
Don't be confused by that. He IS an officer and should always have an expectation to address a threat. Just because his assignment is at a school is not an excuse for cowardness. When you say "regular duty LEO's" are you referring to uniform officers?
I do think it speaks to the panic mindset that even trained individuals have in the face of combat. Arming teachers with handguns to face an AK-47 wielded by a sociopath who is mowing people down while his heart is beating at a calm 60 BPM is a rather large error and will likely end badly for the teacher -- and probably does not create much of a deterrent.
On the flip-side, the football coach was definitely in "fight mode" and it's reasonably safe to suggest that if he had been adequately armed he would've made an attempt to meet Cruz head-on.
So perhaps the message should be that not all individuals (regardless of profession) will be courageous enough to engage. However, there are those (some, not ALL) teachers that could do pretty well in an adverse situation.
Yeah, we can pretty much say that. Fight or flight response is a real thing and it's how your body responds to danger, while also releasing high amounts of adrenaline and cortisol. The fact that he didn't run away indicates that he was in fight mode. At that point, if properly armed he would've met the threat. Now that doesn't mean he would win the gun fight, but he surely would've engaged.
When you're in a shooting, you aren't assessing things like a person's age. That just doesn't happen. It's weird, but things do slow down considerably, even though things are happening very quickly, and what your brain locks in on is the threat (gun, knife) and the target (center mass). Senses such as sound is almost completely nullified, since it's not needed, and what you need to survive (visual on the threat, fine motor skills) is heightened to max levels. It's remarkable how your brain does this instantaneously.