‘Coward’ deputy who stayed outside during Parkland school shooting receives monthly $8,700 pension


The sheriff’s deputy who waited outside the Parkland, Fla., high school while a gunman killed 17 people inside is now receiving a state pension of more than $8,000 a month, according to a new report.

Scot Peterson, a school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, resigned and retired on Feb. 22 — the same day Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the deputy’s inaction made him “sick to my stomach.”

Peterson began receiving his $8,702.35 pension in April, and the 55-year-old is eligible for the payments for the rest of his life, the Florida Department of Management Services told the Sun Sentinel.

The monthly pension he now receives is based on the total number of years he worked, along with the average salary of his five highest-paid years.

Peterson was captured on surveillance footage standing outside a door to the school while gunman Nikolas Cruz unloaded his AR-15.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson should have entered the school and “kill[ed] the killer,” while President Trump branded him a “coward.”

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