When Scot Peterson, the former school resource officer as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, failed to take action when a shooter opened fire in the school, many labeled the sheriff’s deputy a coward. Peterson did “absolutely nothing” to intervene in the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 17 people and injuries to 17 more.
On Tuesday, according to a report by the Washington Examiner, 56-year-old Peterson was taken into custody. He now faces numerous charges, including seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury.
Rick Swearingen, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, asserted that the former school resource officer did “absolutely nothing” when the gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives,” said Swearingen.
After news emerged that Peterson heard the shooter open fire in the school but ran to safety instead of seeking out and confronting the gunman, he acquired the nickname the “Coward of Broward.”
Peterson asserts that he didn’t do anything wrong as the incident unfolded and continues to defend his actions.
In a statement, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said that he had called for an investigation into “the failures in Broward County.”
“Now it’s time for justice to be served,” said Scott. “Had this individual done his job, lives would have been saved,” Scott said.
“Actions (or inaction) have consequences,” he continued. “We need more accountability, and that includes at the FBI, which has yet to show me a single example of how they’ve improved their processes following the failures in the lead-up to the Parkland shooting.”
Peterson was booked into Broward County Jail on 11 charges. His bond is set at $102,000, and he will be required to wear a GPS monitor and surrender his passport according to the terms of his bond.