Florida School Shooting: Parkland Officer Arrested over Inaction
An armed officer who stood outer a Florida school as a gunman kill 17 people has been under arrest and faces multiple charge, including child neglect and perjury.
Scot Peterson, a safety guard at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, did not enter as shots rang out last year and later resigned.
US President Donald Trump call him a “coward” for not acting.
Mr Peterson said he did not know that where the gunfire was coming from.
17 students were killed in the massacre in Parkland on Valentine’s Day in 2018.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student at the school, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Police have said he admitted the shooting.
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Soon afterwards, authorities published footage showing Mr Peterson waiting outside the school as the shooting was taking place.
According this investigation who followed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Mr Peterson was under arrest on Tuesday on 7 counts of neglect of a child, 3 counts of culpable negligence and 1 count of perjury.
This investigation shows that Mr Peterson “did absolutely nothing” to prevent the shooting, FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a statement.
“There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives,” he added.
“I am devastated Sick to my stomach. He never went there,” Sheriff Israel said, adding that he should have entered and “kill the killer”.
President Trump said that this officer “certainly did a poor job” and branded him a coward.
Mr Peterson maintains he believed the shots are coming from outside the school.
He told NBC that he “didn’t get it right”, but added: “Those are my kids in there. I never would have set there and let my kids get slaughtered.”