A survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting took the school’s disgraced resource officer to task and captured the whole encounter on video.
Conservative shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv confronted former school resource officer Scot Peterson in an elevator on Tuesday.
“Deputy Scot Peterson hid outside while 17 of my classmates and teachers were massacred at Stoneman Douglas,” Kashuv wrote in a tweet. “Today I confronted him, face to face, for his crimes.”
And confront him he did.
The video, which has nearly three-quarters of a million views as of Wednesday afternoon, was uploaded to Kashuv’s Twitter account.
“Can you explain to me why you let seventeen people die at school?” Kashuv asked at the beginning of the video.
“You stood outside with a gun, did absolutely nothing. That was your job, now you are getting paid like 80K to stand there while you let those kids die. It’s disgusting, it’s despicable and I hope that lives with you for the rest of your life,” Kashuv said, referencing Peterson’s hefty pension.
“I don’t know how you live with yourself every day, man. You were the one who was supposed to go inside,” Kashuv added. “You didn’t.”
Kyle Kashuv isn’t the only one who thinks Peterson failed miserably when he was needed most; some Florida state lawmakers agree.
Peterson’s pension, which WTSP reported to be over $8,700 a month, is now in trouble of being stripped from the disgraced deputy.
Thanks to a bill with language almost as harsh as Kashuv’s, Peterson’s $8,700 taxpayer-funded retirement may come grinding to a halt. It seeks to strip the former deputy of his retirement benefits “due to his wanton or willful neglect in the performance of his assigned duties.”
The bill also asserts that Peterson “fled to a position of personal safety while the gunman shot and killed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff.”
The bill will be introduced to the state legislature on March 5.
Coming under fire is a stressful situation, but Peterson was in a position to help — and apparently didn’t do anything. According to the New York Post, the armed deputy even hid in a stairwell as students were being massacred.
Drawing his pension after such an act of cowardice is insulting in the first place and, hopefully, Peterson will be barred from doing that sometime soon.
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