Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson was fired and then arrested Tuesday for “neglecting his duties” during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting more than a year ago, according to The Right Scoop.
Peterson was charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury for his refusal to enter the school while the shooting was taking place and directing other law enforcement personnel to stay away from the building. 17 people were killed when a 19-year-old former student entered the building with a gun and began shooting on February 14, 2018.
Parents of the students killed in the attack on the Parkland, Florida school said that they thought lives could have been saved if Peterson had done his duty and entered the school. Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioners agreed in a report earlier this year.
Peterson could face up to 97 years in jail on the charges, although officials warned that some would be hard to prove. It seems that he will have a long time to reflect on his refusal to even try to protect the students, however.
Another deputy, Brian Miller, was also fired but was not charged with any crimes.
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