School Sheriff Charged with Neglect for Parkland School Shooting

School sheriff, Scot Peterson, 56, charged with neglect for not protecting students and teachers during Parkland, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Scot Peterson is facing up to 100 years in prison and is being charged with 11 criminal counts including neglect for failing to act during a school shooting by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day 2018 which killed 17 people.

During the shooting, Peterson claimed he didn't know where the shots were coming from, but recordings from the school that day proved otherwise. The surveillance video showed that he had his gun drawn but failed to go inside of the building and told other officers to stay at least 500 ft away while he hid for 45 minutes. His attorneys claim that he was not a caregiver to the students at the school.

Peterson is currently being held on $102,000 bond in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at Broward County Jail. Judge Jackie Powell denied his request to have his bond reduced.

 

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