Underfire Deputy, Scot Peterson, who has been widely condemned for failing to act when a crazed shooter opened fire on students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, has told reporters that a painful bone spur condition prevented him from entering the building to tackle the gunman.
Speaking from outside his home, Peterson told newsmen: “As soon as I heard the opening shots, I realised time was of the essence and that I needed to get into that building to tackle the shooter without delay.
“Unfortunately, just as I was about to sprint over to the door, my bone spur began to play up and I realised at once that I couldn’t continue.
“I waited outside the building for the pain to subside so that I could swing into action but to no avail.
“I’m sorry that I was unable to do more but when a bone spur starts giving you hell, there’s not a lot you can do about it”
President, Donald Trump, who had earlier slammed the deputy, calling him a “coward” and accusing him of doing “a very poor job”, tweeted last night: “Why didn’t anyone tell me this poor guy had a bone spur? I’m amazed that he even had the sheer courage to wait outside the school given the pain that sonofabitch spur must have been giving him”
President Trump is scheduled to meet a number of other bone spur victims next month at his holiday retreat at Mar A Lago where they will play golf and compare x-rays.