Deputy who waited outside during school massacre gets $104K-per-year pension

Posted May 17, 2018

Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson now receives over eight thousand dollars a month in pension despite his failure to act during February's tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The investigation into the response to the massacre has yet to conclude.

Scot Peterson had served as the school resource officer within Stoneman Douglas High School and received glowing reviews before the February 14 shooting, the report noted.

Peterson maintains that he did nothing wrong by remaining outside the school during the deadly shooting.

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"[His actions] were appropriate under the circumstances", lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement to the Miami Herald. The newspaper has reported that Peterson's personnel file was filled with commendations.

Scot Peterson maintained that he believed the gunshots were coming from outside the school. He had been captured on CCTV standing outside a door to the school in Parkland, Florida, while suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz went on the rampage, killing 14 students and three officials. Two guidance counselors concurred with Peterson, but two mental health professionals nixed the prospect, saying the teen didn't meet the criteria for involuntary committal.

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, tweeted that Peterson's pension "infuriates" him in "ways people can not comprehend". He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!

Fred Guttenburg, whose daughter, Jaime, was killed at the school, tweeted his disgust with the news, saying, "This infuriates me in ways people can not comprehend".

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"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he added.

Peterson has not been criminally charged, but his pension benefits could be in question after a state inquiry into how police responded to the shooting. He says he can't, citing Florida law.

Timothy Donnelly, an assistant state attorney, responded that the agency is waiting for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to complete its investigation, ordered by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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