Parents of Parkland, Fla., Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students were outraged after the deputy who hid outside during the February school shooting provided more excuses as to why he didn’t immediately confront the killer in an interview that aired yesterday.
“I’m never gonna get over this, you know,” said the officer, Scot Peterson, in a Wednesday interview with NBC. “Those were my kids, you know. I was there to protect those kids.” (RELATED: Parkland Officer Provides More Excuses On Actions During Shooting)
Fred Gutenberg, a father of one of the victims, responded to the interview in the Miami Herald, saying, “I’m tired of him trying to paint himself as the victim. He is not a victim. He created victims. He keeps referring to them as his kids. They are not your kids, Scot Peterson! You let them die!”
“Those people who lost their lives, including my daughter, are victims of his inability to do his job; victims of his failure,” Guttenberg added. “This interview makes him even more pathetic than he already was. You failed me and my daughter. If you are truly sorry, I challenge you to face me.”
Andrew Pollack, another father who lost their child in the massacre, said to the Herald, “Nobody should be able to not do their job, receive a pension and ride off into the sunset. How could [Peterson] find [the shooter] if he’s hiding behind a wall?”
Pollack’s comment is about Peterson’s $8,000 a month pension. He also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Peterson and the shooter in April. (RELATED: Broward Deputy Scot Peterson Gets $8k A Month From Pension)