Former Sheriff’s Deputy has just been arrested for his part in the horrific Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead a year ago. The former deputy, who according to sources did not confront or attempt to stop the Parkland high school shooter was charged today with “child neglect and negligence.”
According to the Washington Post “Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested and charged with 11 counts including seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury authorities said.”
Immediately following the February 14th, 2018 shooting, Peterson’s name was circulated in the media as the deputy who remained outside the school walls while knowing a massacre was occurring inside. The flurry of anger surrounding Mr. Peterson came about after videotape of him standing outside the building was released.
Peterson had defended himself over the last year by saying he was unaware of where the gunshots were originating from. An answer that was not accepted by the court of public opinion because Peterson was the ONLY ARMED officer on campus and in a position to respond immediately.
Certainly, the arrest will spark controversy around the already heated debate of arming teachers or professionals in schools. This adds a new element to the discussion if severe repercussions including arrest if those who are armed are found to not have taken the appropriate action in the court of law are an option. Broward State Attorney and prosecutor handling the death penalty case against the school shooter said that “Peterson was arrested after an expansive investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”
I say justice has been served. Now let’s go after those responsible for rewriting school disciplinary policies (based on Obama policy) to make it nearly impossible to suspend, expel, or arrest students for behavioral problems including criminal actions.