Retired 'Coward' Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Parkland Shooting Receives Massive Pension

Ryan Petty left and Lori Alhadeff right filed to run for the Broward County School Board Tuesday morning in Fort Lauderdale

After learning of his actions, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel opened an investigation, prompting Peterson to resign and retire rather than face termination and the possible loss of his state pension.

Surveillance video of the Parkland shooting showed the officer approaching the high school building in which suspect shooter Nikolas Cruz was stalking the halls, but he then backed away and stayed outside with his handgun drawn.

Gov. Rick Scott says he can not deny a monthly pension of $8,700 to the former Broward sheriff's deputy who failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the February 14 mass shooting.

What was the response to Peterson receiving his pension?

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Scot Peterson, the school resource officer assigned to MSD, began receiving his monthly pension of $8,702.35 in April.

Peterson earned more than $101,000 in his final year as a sheriff's deputy through a combination of regular pay plus overtime and other compensation. President Donald Trump slammed Peterson, saying he "certainly did a poor job" and that he was a "coward" for not going into the school to try to help the students.

Senior Brandon Huff claimed he saw Peterson standing outside behind a stairwell wall, gun drawn "just pointing it at the building" as shots erupted from inside the school.

Peterson's pension rate is calculated by his number of years in service and the average of his five highest-paid years.

"This guy is a disgrace", Pollack told the Sun-Sentinel.

"The coward of [B] roward, Scot Peterson is getting over $8k a month pension!" The Department of Management Services spokeswoman said health benefits, which Peterson receives through the sheriff's office, are not included in the monthly amount he receives in pension. Andrew Pollack, a parent who lost his daughter in the shooting, has said that he will be suing the sheriff's department, and Peterson in particular, for inaction during the massacre. That money should go to actually securing our schools!

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