(RoyalPatriot.com )- Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who was famously accused of hiding when the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred in 2018, responded to the years of criticism leveled against him outside of a courtroom recently.
It comes as Peterson faces multiple counts of child neglect for failing to protect students in the school and allegedly hiding from gunman Nikolas Cruz as he walked through the school killing students and staff. Some 17 people were founded and 17 people were killed.
On Wednesday, Peterson appeared in court with his lawyer. They argued for the child negligence charges made against him to be dropped, and he later broke down outside of the court, telling cameras, “I did the best I could.”
It seems as though people from the school and the local community have different opinions about Peterson.
Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the shooting who has since gone on to become a conservative commentator who defends America’s Second Amendment gun ownership rights, said in February 2019 that Peterson hid outside while his classmates and teachers were massacred.
He even confronted him face to face, as you can see in the clip below:
Deputy Scot Peterson hid outside while 17 of my classmates and teachers were massacred at Stoneman Douglas.
Today I confronted him, face to face, for his crimes.
Watch this coward for yourself. pic.twitter.com/d5WQuohXfL
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) February 27, 2019
However, an M.S. Douglas teacher also sad in 2018 that they believe Peterson was being used as a “scapegoat” as he was likely unable to prevent any deaths.
WATCH: M.S. Douglas teacher thinks Officer Scot Peterson is being used as a "scapegoat" and that he may not have been able to prevent any deaths.
"You want to be angry at something? Be angry at gun laws that allow these guns to be purchased by 18-year-olds." pic.twitter.com/u9cqtH37ej
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 23, 2018
Speaking to local journalists, Peterson said that he didn’t do anything to try to hurt any child on the scene – which is not really what people are accusing him of. He added that he did the best he could with the information he had and that he’ll never forget the day.
Peterson acknowledged the concerns of the family of Anthony Borges, a survivor of the shooting who was seriously wounded, though they were unable to make a statement in the court.
Peterson’s attorney Mark Eiglarsh said that there isn’t a single case in history where a school resource officer has been charged under the statute.
What do you think?