In a Washington Post report released on Friday, there was a new nugget of information regarding School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson, who did not enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside on Valentine’s Day: According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report, in 2016, Peterson was approached by investigators and “refused to share any information … regarding [an] incident that took place with the shooter.”
The Post stated, “Peterson is mentioned as part of a 2016 social services agency investigation into (shooter’s name), the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman. According to a Florida Department of Children and Families report detailing that investigation, Peterson was approached by investigators and ‘refused to share any information … regarding [an] incident that took place with the teenager.’”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suspended Peterson on Thursday after he viewed a video from the school that showed Peterson outside the school building while the shooter was attacking. He said, “What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and never went in,” adding that Peterson should have “killed the killer.”
Peterson resigned after Israel suspended him.
Israel’s office said Thursday that in 2016, they received “third hand information” from a “neighbor’s son” suggesting that the shooter “planned to shoot up the school,” although the specific school was not mentioned. The Post adds, “The sheriff’s office said a deputy contacted the caller, determined that (shooter’s name) had knives and a BB gun and sent the information to the school resource officer — presumably Peterson. It is unclear whether he investigated.”