Parkland Security Team Member Banned from Campus After Allegedly Hiding in Closet During Attack

Students being led from are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following shooting that killed 17 students. AP Photo: Mike Stocker
AP File Photo: Mike Stocker

Security team member David Taylor has been barred from setting foot on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus following news that he allegedly hid in a closet while 17 individuals were gunned down on February 14.

The Sun Sentinel reports that Taylor was a “security watchman” at the school.  He was alerted to the fact that a possible shooter was on campus by fellow security watchman Andrew Medina, then allegedly responded to the sounds of gunfire by hiding “in a janitor’s closet.”

Medina saw the shooter, who was as former student, enter campus and said he was walking like he was “on a mission.” He said that when he saw the former student he recognized him immediately, that it was “like night and day.” Medina added, “I had a feeling when I saw him, and then when he looked back at me, and I made eye contact with him, I said, ‘That’s him.'”

Medina added, “And to be honest, something inside of me told me not to approach him.” He said, “I was ready to go get him then something, right when I was pulling up in the golf cart, and he looked back, something was like, ‘Just let him go and report it, make sure [David Taylor] inside is good.'”

Then Medina radioed Taylor, who subsequently heard gunshots. Medina said, “He ran right into a janitor’s closest, that was right there.”

Both Taylor and Medina are banned from coming on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus.

Broward Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew said, “Due to information that has recently appeared in the media and which is being reviewed by the District, Andrew Medina and David Taylor have received administrative reassignments away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School until further notice.”

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