CBS12 News Investigates: Delayed response to shooting near Pleasant City Elementary School
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Craig Sherman picked up his daughter at Pleasant City Elementary School to safely walk her home, just steps from where a gunman opened fire just a day earlier.
CBS12 News Investigates has learned that a school resource officer was not there as bullets flew off campus, but right next to the school.
“Every school should have a policeman to secure the school," Scherman said. "It’s real sad that the school didn’t have a police office on campus."
School district police records also show that it took the first responding school district police officer 19 minutes to arrive at the school from the time units were first dispatched. The district still hasn’t said where the officer was coming from.
A district spokesperson says school police were dispatched only to assist. The department has an agreement with the West Palm Beach Police Department for arrival and dismissal at the school.
CBS12 shared the findings with State Representative Matt Willhite. He says even though this happened off campus, he’s calling for more security on campuses.
“Thank goodness West Palm Beach police was there to help because there wasn’t an officer on that campus,” Willhite said.