Scot Peterson, a deputy of Broward County, FL, should not be prosecuted for having been paralyzed with fear as a shooter rampaged through Stoneman Douglas High School, believes Carl Hiaasen of The Miami Herald. While it is deeply regrettable that he was unable to prevent some of the deaths that occurred that day, punishing him would be wrong. Peterson will have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. Additionally, most of the victims were already dead by the time he arrived on the scene. Prosecuting him for his failure would set a dangerous precedent that would allow for first responders to be judged for decisions that they make.
The Broward County deputy, Scot Peterson, who failed to confront the shooter at Stoneman Douglas High School must face consequences for his inaction, argues Becket Adams of The Washington Examiner. He was tasked with protecting the children that were being targeted that day. It is clear that his behavior caused the deaths of more kids than needed to die. What is almost worse than his failure is his insistence that he did nothing wrong. Peterson had the chance to make a difference. Employed with the police, it was his duty to protect and serve. Failing to do so in that moment means he is liable for the deaths that ensued.