Law won't let him strip Stoneman Douglas deputy's pension, Gov. Scott says

Law won't let him strip Stoneman Douglas deputy's pension, Gov. Scott says

Law won't let him strip Stoneman Douglas deputy's pension, Gov. Scott says

One of the most heartbreakingly frustrating details to be reported about the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was how the Broward County Sheriff deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer assigned to that campus, remained outside the building during the entire shooting and never attempted to intervene.

Peterson was thrown under the bus by Sheriff Scott Israel, who said at the time that the deputy should have "went in".

- Scot Peterson, the sheriff's deputy vilified for failing to confront the Parkland school shooter, has begun receiving a state pension of $8,702.35 a month.

State Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D), a Stoneman Douglas alumnus who represents the district in the Florida Legislature, also called on Gov. Rick Scott (R) to block Peterson's pension.

These payments are based on the total number of years Peterson worked, and the average of his five highest-paid fiscal years, but according to a Department of Management Services spokeswoman, health benefits are not included in the monthly amount.

But then, it seems the 55-year-old Petersen, who'll receive the pension for the rest of his life, is accustomed to hefty compensation, given last year's income of $101,879.03, according to the newspaper.


Peterson's reaction to the deadly school shooting is under police scrutiny and has drawn widespread criticism.

Mr Peterson was suspended without pay in the wake of this revelation. Pollack told the Sun-Sentinel.

Fred Guttenberg and Andrew Pollack, two fathers whose children were killed in the shooting, slammed Peterson for still being paid despite his inaction. "He's a disgrace and a coward".

He added that instead of Peterson receiving that money, it should go towards scholarships for wounded students or school safety but added, "There's nothing we can do about it". He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!

Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been jailed since the shooting.

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