The deputy who refused to confront the gunman during the Parkland shooting was allowed to quietly retire and is now receiving more than $100,000 a year in state pension funds.
Parkland, Florida – The police officer who was publicly shamed after he was caught by surveillance camera waiting outside of a high school while children were shot and killed inside, was allowed to quietly retire and is now making more than $100,000 a year from state pension funds.
Scot Peterson, 55, a sheriff’s deputy who served as the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was allowed to retire one week after a former student opened fire, killing 17 people on Feb. 14. Peterson was openly criticized for his blatant lack of response during the shooting, but after a few weeks, his name faded from the headlines.
The former deputy is now receiving a state pension of $8,702.35 each month, which equals around $104,428 per year, according to a report from the Sun-Sentinel. Peterson worked in Broward County for 32 years, and a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department confirmed that he is being investigated for his actions during the shooting, but they did not say how long the investigation would take.
One of the main questions that was being asked in the immediate aftermath of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas was why suspected gunman Nickolas Cruz was not apprehended by a school resource officer during his rampage, especially considering the fact that his troubled record—which showed that he was disciplined 58 times by the school district between 2012 and 2017—should have made officials aware that he may return to campus after he was suspended.