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Parkland Victim's Father Sues 'Coward' Deputy Who Remained Outside School

Parkland Victim's Father Sues 'Coward' Deputy Who Remained Outside School

A father whose daughter was killed in the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against not only the accused gunman, but the school resource officer who stayed outside while the rampage took place.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow Pollack was one of 17 killed in the massacre, said Tuesday that former Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson could have prevented the deaths of "my lovely daughter & other innocent, unprotected students & teachers!" In one example cited in the suit, Cruz posted an Instagram picture of himself with guns, "stating to the effect that he planned to 'shoot up the school.' A deputy responded to the house, found that he had knives and a BB gun, and subsequently passed the information to Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the School Resource Officer". "To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice", it says, adding that Peterson "is a coward".

In the lawsuit, Pollack's lawyers say Peterson hid and failed to confront the threat, endangering the lives of everyone in the building.

DiRuzzo told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in February his client had acted appropriately based on the belief that gunshots were coming from outside the school.

It alleges that the students and teachers were put in a gun-free zone in which they were entrusting Peterson, as the School Resource Officer, to protect them from such things as this deadly shooting. The document says that Meadow exited a classroom on the third floor of her school building during the attack and was shot four times.

The release of the video comes less than a month after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told ABC News that video showed Peterson "arrive at the west side of Building 12, take a position" but never go in.

Andrew Pollack lashed out at Peterson via Twitter on Monday, saying: "I filed a wrongful death suit against Deputy Peterson today. I don't want him to go anywhere in the country and not have people recognize what a coward he is".

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Earlier in April, the parents of Anthony Borges, 17, who was shot as he shielded others, filed a similar lawsuit.

"Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue", according to the statement sent from DiRuzzo.

Cruz lived with the Sneads before the shooting, but the couple have said they had no idea Cruz had planned to hurt anyone.

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"Just because you can sue someone doesn't necessarily mean you should".

Jim Lewis, the Snead family's attorney, said the family is facing a hard economic situation due to having to pay to defend against lawsuits.

The lawsuit also names the estate of Cruz's mother, Lynda Cruz, who died in November 2017, and three mental or behavioral health centers, all of whom are accused of failing to provide Cruz proper treatment or services despite repeated signs of his mental health issues and aggressive behavior.