On February 14th, 2018, tragedy struck Stoneman Douglas High School as a gunman open fired killing 17 people. Footage shows that the then school resource officer, Deputy Scott Peterson, did not enter the building to confront the shooter. Many people became angry with his inaction and called him a coward. Peterson retired shortly after the incident. However, the Parkland sheriff has formally fired him.
An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found that Peterson did “absolutely nothing” to help stop the shooter. Because of this, the authorities had Peterson arrested on 11 charges, including seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury. Broward County Jail now holds him with a bond of $102,000.
Senator Rick Scott from Florida, who was governor during the shooting, had called for an investigation on the failures that took place that day. He released a statement saying that he was glad the investigation was over and justice was served.
Overall, this comes as good news to many people. Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the incident who has since defended the Second Amendment, released a video on Twitter stating that finally “some justice has been served.”
Hunter Pollack, who lost his sister in the shooting, also tweeted about Peterson’s arrest. He states, “I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison”.
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