Former School Resource Officer at Stoneman Douglas High School Faces 11 Charges

Former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson has been charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury in connection with the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Peterson, who retired after the February 2018 massacre at Parkland, Florida, high school and is collecting a pension, was fired Tuesday at a disciplinary hearing by new Sheriff Gregory Tony.

CNN is reaching out to the sheriff’s office to see whether Peterson’s pension payments would be affected.

Also fired was Sgt. Brian Miller, a supervisor on the day of the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.

Peterson, who was a school resource officer, is facing 11 charges in connection with his lack of response to the shooting massacre, according to a release from the State Attorney’s Office.

Peterson was booked into Broward County Jail, the state’s attorney said, and his bail will be set at $102,000.

CNN is reaching out to Peterson for comment.

Days after the February 14 massacre in which 17 people died, footage surfaced of Peterson taking position outside the 1200 building of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School instead of entering the building where a gunman was firing at students and staff.

In past interviews, Scot Peterson’s lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo III, has said it’s a “gross over-simplification” to characterize Peterson’s actions as cowardly, and said Peterson believed the gunshots were coming from outside the building.



  • Mopar Driver (@RustyMopars)

    So If he killed himself running at a armed homicidal nutcase he would be a hero , There is no basis to charge this man with a crime , might as well charge the one who hired him as it’s the same reasoning , I really don’t think he had a bullet proof vest on or as well armed I would guess , I would’ve retired the next day too . These parents need to direct their wrath and pain elsewhere – It;s over .

    • yabbadabbadude

      He had a bullet proof vest on, a semi-automatic pistol, and the time to get inside and confront the killer, possibly saving a few more lives, plus he was being paid to do just that. After the Columbine killings, the first priority of the responding police changed from waiting outside to immediately going inside to confront the killer…they waited outside there too and it didn’t work out so well for the kids inside.

  • Lisa Marshinski

    He’ll be out of a job but the charges probably won’t stick. In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that police/resource officers, have no constitutional duty to protect the lives of others.

    • yabbadabbadude

      He retired the next day after the killings WITH his full pension when his boss, Sheriff Israel, told him he’d be suspended without pay pending a full investigation. He’s currently getting $8,702 per month, and I hope his legal fees bankrupt him, the stinking coward that he is.

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