Andrew Pollack's daughter, Meadow, was killed during the shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and he knows his daughter could be alive today if the sheriff's deputy had acted.
Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the school's armed resource officer, was stationed outside when the shooting began and never entered the building.
His decision to remain outside has largely been criticized and he decided to retire after being suspended by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
In a video published on Friday, one day before the gun control rally, “March for Our Lives,” Pollack shared the deputy's own words.
“He told me that he could have saved everybody on that sixth floor,” he said. “Not only my kid but the others.”
“My daughter got shot nine times. Four times and then she managed to crawl to the door and then she put her arms around a freshman, my daughter's 18, senior. And the detective said, 'Andy you won't believe it. Your daughter covered this girl in the doorway.' And then this guy came and shot my daughter point blank five more times and the bullets went through my daughter and killed the girl underneath her, too.”
Pollack added that while his daughter was being shot nine times, “this mother f**ker just waited out the door and let this s**t happen.”
Now, since he retired, the father pointed out that Peterson will be able to collect his pension and “go live in Arizona somewhere.”
Pollack explained that if there's anyone who can empathize with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students who led the “March for Our Lives,” it's him.
While he lauded their ability to gather, he encouraged them to focus on school safety instead of gun control, which he, himself, has been championing.