Jimmy Fallon was the surprise speaker at Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduation

A young boy sits a memorial cross that honors victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Pine Trail Park

A young boy sits a memorial cross that honors victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Pine Trail Park

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon showed up to the school's graduation ceremony and delivered a passionate speech about inspiration, pride and moving forward. "It was my job, and I didn't find him".

"We all know what he is".

"Knowing what I know today I would have been in that building in a heartbeat", he said.

Instead, he was headed to central Florida, where this week he will address the armed guards one district has hired for its schools. "You failed and my daughter (not your kid) is dead". "If you are truly sorry, I challenge you to face me".

During the interview, Peterson reflected on the shooting and said that he has to live with what happened. Peterson radioed the sheriff's office with a warning.

Peterson has defended his conduct during the shooting, steadfastly denying that he did "nothing" as gunshots rang out in the school and noting that he hadn't been sure at the time whether the attack was happening inside or outside of the building.

Mr. Peterson resigned shortly after the mass shooting following public criticism from Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Peterson chose the latter. "And I'm gonna be traveling way more than I ever have in my life - to try to fix this issue", he told ABC News.


President Donald Trump chimed in by publicly calling Peterson a "coward". And there's so many things that I'd say.

Fallon, 43, shared a video from the commencement on Twitter and wrote, "Congratulations Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 2018!" The Washington Post talks with Scot Peterson, now blasted in the media and in his community as everything from a "disgrace" and "an bad human being" to the "Coward of Broward" for not running inside to take down the gunman. "I was scanning for the shooter, looking over the windows, the sidewalk, the rooftop". Still, I thought his presence at the graduation was pitch ideal. "I just didn't know".

"I mean, I'm human", he said.

He said he has poured over reams of police documents on the shooting and has re-watched the surveillance video countless times. Most commencement speakers, they say, 'you are the future.' But I'm not going to say that because you're not the future. Peterson told The Washington Post.

"I'm glad I'm getting my diploma and not my death certificate", said Hogg.

Mr. Peterson defended his actions, saying that he followed proper protocol: He ordered the school to lock down, cleared students out of a courtyard and took cover behind a building, believing that the gunman could have been hiding on a rooftop.

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