A former deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally shot will have to stay in jail for now on charges of child neglect and negligence for failing to intervene.

Broward Judge Jackie Powell ruled Wednesday, June 5 that Scot Peterson must first surrender his passport, which is now at his home in North Carolina, before being released on a bond set at $102,000. He must also show the court that he has collateral, such as real estate, before he gets out of jail.


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Judge Powell said, “Based on the the affidavit to arrest that was signed by Judge Siegel and also the bonds that the court does find probable cause and also the bonds that were imposed along with special conditions. Those special conditions will remain in place and a total bond of $102,000.”

Peterson, wearing beige jail garb, stood silently with his hands cuffed during the hearing, which followed his arrest Tuesday on 11 charges.

Peterson was the officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside as the gunman opened fire in hallways and classrooms.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined through a 14-month investigation that he “did absolutely nothing to mitigate” the shooting.

Victims family gave their remarks. 

Lori Alhadeff, mother of Alyssa Alhadeff said, “He needs to go to jail and he needs to serve a lifetime in prison for not going in that day and taking down the threat.”

Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty explained, “For the life of me I can’t explain how anyone can stand behind a pillar for 48 minutes while innocent children and teachers are being slaughtered in a building and then somehow defend himself. This was a long time coming and I’m glad this day is finally here.”

Gena Hoyer, mother of Luke Hoyer said, “So hurt so much and I know that whatever accountability comes our way doesn’t bring back Luke and Alyssa.”

After the shooting, Peterson, 56, took retirement rather than accept a pension.

Peterson also is charged with perjury over a statement he gave under oath to investigators, contending that he didn’t hear any shots fired after taking up his position outside the school. Investigators determined through video, witnesses, and other evidence that this was not true.

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