The father of a student who was killed during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in which 17 people died, is now suing a school guard who did not go into the building during the shooting to attempt to confront the shooter.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, died after being shot nine times by shooter Nikolas Cruz, explained to the Miami Herald that the security guard “had the opportunity to go in and instead let all those people get murdered.” Andrew Pollack recently made headlines when in the aftermath of the shooting he argued that we should be focusing on discussions surrounding school safety, not gun control.
Security footage from the day of the shooting shows that the school security officer, Scott Peterson, who has since resigned after being removed from active duty as a part of the investigation into his actions, did not go into the building during the attack. He was armed, on duty, and in uniform but never went into the building.
Peterson, an armed school resource deputy at the time and a veteran of the force of 33 years, was employed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department. Following the revelation that he did not go inside the school, he was suspended without pay and there have been an ongoing internal investigation into his actions.
Pollack also named Nikolas Cruz, his mother’s estate, Cruz’s adoptive parents who took him in after his mother’s death, and several mental health facilities that did evaluations on Cruz before the shooting took place. However, although there are several targets of the lawsuit, Pollack is most concerned with Peterson’s actions.