The Parkland school resource officer who did nothing as a teenage gunman murdered students and teachers appeared in court on Wednesday after being charged with neglect.
Scot Peterson was stony-faced as he appeared via video link to a court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from the Broward County Jail.
He was charged on Tuesday with failing to protect the 17 students and teachers who were killed by Nikolas Cruz on Valentine's Day 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
On Wednesday, Peterson's lawyer tried to have the charges dismissed and also asked for his bond to be reduced. The judge denied both requests.
Peterson, 56, was arrested on Tuesday on 11 charges including child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury. If convicted, he faces a potential prison sentence of nearly 100 years.
He is being held on a $102,000 bond which his attorneys sought to have reduced.
They say the charges do not apply because they are designed for 'caregivers' of children - ie children and teachers - which they say he is not.
His case is the first in which someone else has been charged other than the gunman in a school shooting.
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Scot Peterson was stony-faced as he appeared via video link to a court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from the Broward County Jail
On February 14, 2018, Peterson was outside the building when Cruz opened fire.
Peterson was arrested on Tuesday. He is shown in his mugshot
He eventually took up his position, gun drawn, but did not go inside. In court papers, prosecutors said five people were killed and four others wounded after he did that.
His lawyers' defense, it seems, will be to try to argue out of the allegations on the technicality that he was employed by the police and not by the school.
'Mr. Peterson cannot reasonably be prosecuted because he was not a "caregiver," which is defined as a parent, adult household member or other person responsible for a child's welfare.
'Mr. Peterson was not criminally negligent in his actions, as no police officer has ever been prosecuted for his or her actions in responding to an active shooter incident.
'There has only ever been one person to blame - Nikolas Cruz,' his attorney Joseph DiRuzzo said.
He did not enter the building
When the first shots were fired inside the 1200 building, Peterson was outside. Despite his training, he stayed there and drew his gun.
He then told other cops to stay 'at least 500ft away'.
For 45 minutes while police searched for Cruz and after unarmed adults had been killed trying to protect students inside, Peterson hid in a building 75ft from where the massacre had happened.
Prosecutors say that during that time, seven kids were killed.
After the shooting, Peterson claimed he had not heard the shots being fired inside the school which, prosecutors say, was untrue.
The judge did not allow them to lay out any form of argument.
'I'm not going to entertain any motions today,' Broward Judge Jackie Powell said.
After his appearance in court, Peterson's lawyer told reporters they would try again to get bond lowered.
'We are waiting for the case to be assigned to a circuit criminal judge.
'We intend to file a motion to reduce bond and a motion to modify the terms of pretrial release.
'We expect Mr. Peterson to be treated fairly, just like every other person,' one said afterwards.
They then went to visit him in the jail where he appeared via video-link.
It is not clear if any of the parents of the children murdered were in court on Wednesday.
They welcomed news of his arrest on Tuesday.
'Rot in hell Scott Petersen. You could have saved some of the 17.
'You could have saved my daughter.
'You did not and then you lied about it and you deserve the misery coming your way,' Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed, said.
Tony Montalto, whose 14-year-old daughter Gina died in the shooting, said families wanted justice to be done.
'We are happy to see some accountability for this tragedy that took the life of my daughter Gina and 16 other wonderful individuals as well as terribly injured 17 others,' he said.
Peterson is shown talking into his radio on the day of the shooting. He advised that shots had been fired and said where they were coming from but later claimed he did not know the shooter was inside the building he was terrorizing
After telling other officers not to enter the school on February 14, Peterson hid 75ft away with his gun drawn for 45 minutes (shown)
Peterson's attorneys Joseph DiRuzzo and David Sobel arrive at the jail where he is being held on Wednesday after the hearing
Scot Peterson is shown in a June 2018 interview on Today where he insisted that he did not know the gunman was inside the school
2.06pm: Nikolas Cruz is collected in an Uber
2. 18pm: Cruz sends final text to the son of the Sneads, the family he was living with. He asked him what classroom he was in at the school and what teacher he had. His final message was: 'Yo'
2.19pm: Cruz, 19, is dropped off by Uber
2:21:18pm: He is seen entering building 12 on surveillance cameras from the school
2:21:33pm Cruz starts firing his rifle
2.22pm: First 911 call from the shooting is made to Coral Springs
2.23pm: Scot Peterson, the school resource officer, makes his first 911 call over his radio and describes the gunfire as 'possible firecrackers'
At the same time, he is seen on surveillance videos making his way there
2:25:08pm: Another officer is hear on radio saying: 'I hear shots by the football field, shots fired by the football field
2.25:18pm: Peterson says: 'We're looking at the 1200 building, it's going to be the 300 building, it's right off Holmberg Road, by the