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Florida police chief to officers: 'Quit if you will not be able to run towards the gunfire'

A tweet made by a police chief in northeast Florida has gone viral.

Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michelle Cook, in a Feb. 22 post on Twitter wrote “If you are a police officer and you think to yourself for even one second that you will not be able to run towards the gunfire. … please quit now. We won't be mad.”

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The tweet was made in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting in South Florida on Feb. 14. A school resource officer, Scot Peterson, was reportedly outside the building and did not enter it after the shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Peterson resigned after the shooting, in which 17 people -- including 14 students and three teachers -- were killed.

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