FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Former Broward Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson, accused of hiding during the Parkland schoolhouse massacre, got highly affectional pursuing a proceeding connected Wednesday saying helium ne'er would person sat idle if helium had known radical were being killed.
Peterson, 58, faces aggregate counts of kid negligence for failing to participate the schoolhouse gathering and face the shooter astatine Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School successful February of 2018.
After the hearing, Peterson mislaid his composure and fought backmost tears.
“I consciousness for that parent, however could I not? And to beryllium determination and person him adjacent deliberation that I don’t privation him to accidental however helium feels, it’s hurtful, it’s hurtful. I didn’t bash thing determination to effort to wounded immoderate kid determination connected the scene,” Peterson said. “I did the champion that I could with the information. I did the champion … I’ll ne'er hide that day. You know, not lone kids died, I person friends that died. And ne'er for a 2nd would I beryllium determination and let anyone to die, knowing that carnal was successful that building! Never!”
Prosecutors person said that Peterson failed to travel to the rescue arsenic confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz was shooting into classrooms and hallways, leaving 17 dormant and 17 others wounded.
The instrumentality that he’s accused of breaking specifically applies to caregivers, but his defence lawyer Mark Eiglarsh says a instrumentality enforcement serviceman connected a schoolhouse field doesn’t acceptable the ineligible explanation of a caregiver.
They were successful tribunal arguing to disregard the kid negligence charges.
The justice has yet to marque his decision.
Cruz, meantime, is charged with 17 counts of first-degree execution and faces a imaginable decease sentence.