Father of Slain Parkland Student Explodes on Deputy After Release of Video: ‘He’s a Coward’

The father of one of the students killed in the Florida school shooting is irate following the release of video footage showing deputy Scot Peterson’s failure to act while the attack was underway.

During an interview Thursday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Andrew Pollack, father of 18-year-old Meadow, who died in the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February, called Peterson “a coward.”

“I can’t stomach to watch it,” Pollack said of the surveillance clip. “I just heard what was going on, and not only is he an embarrassment to every police officer that puts a uniform on, he’s a coward and he’s also a liar.”


Peterson, who has since resigned, originally said he believed the shots were coming from outside. But, given the way the school resource deputy moves around the school in the video, Pollack said he thinks Peterson wasn’t telling the truth.

“My daughter was killed on the third floor,” Pollack explained, “so he had ample enough time to save everybody on the third floor, this guy.”

The Parkland father said Peterson’s failure to act — a blatant violation of training dictates from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office — is proof “we can’t just rely on one [school resource officer] to protect our kids.”

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