School Security on Trial: Updates of the Scot Peterson trial

June 8, 2023
Visit every day as our editors track this important trial for you, as the decision could have major implications on law enforcement, school security, uniformed guarding services and more.


School security professionals assess the Parkland trial and verdict

The unprecedented trial of Scot Peterson concluded this week with a hollow verdict that shocked both the defendant and the grieving parents of those murdered in the 2018 Parkland massacre.

Ex-school deputy found not guilty of all charges in Parkland mass shooting

Former School Resource Officer Scot Peterson, the only person other than the gunman to face charges in the 2018 Parkland massacre, wept openly as verdicts were read.


School security: What’s changed since the Parkland shooting and what remains to be done

National school safety advocate Max Schachter talks about losing his son in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and his mission through Safer Schools for Alex to provide the current school safety best practices to students, parents, school districts and law enforcement.


‘Coward of Broward’ or exemplary officer? Trial begins for SRO in Parkland shooting

A legal debate began Wednesday on whether much-maligned former school resource officer Scot Peterson followed active shooter training when he did not immediately enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and confront the shooter.

Scot Peterson: a closer look at the charges

Understand exactly what the State of Florida intends to prove in its case against the disgraced former school officer.

Officer who responded to Parkland mass shooting testifies against deputy who hid outside

A Florida police officer among some of the earliest first responders to the the 2018 Parkland school shooting said Scot Peterson, a former Broward County sheriff’s deputy, ignored his training when he took cover instead of confronting the gunman.

‘Where do we need to go?’ Cop testifies he pushed ahead while Parkland deputy stayed still

Investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office testified that scores of recovered shell casings found in the 1200 building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after former SRO Scot Peterson said he couldn't tell where the shots were coming from.

Detective who arrested Parkland gunman testifies in ex-deputy’s trial, says: ‘Anything to get kids to safety’

Two veteran police officers sat on opposite sides of the courtroom Wednesday, the first insisting he did everything he could, based on what he knew at the time, to prevent one of the worst tragedies in Broward County history, and the other telling a jury that the first officer failed.

Peterson won’t take the stand as closing arguments underway in Parkland SRO’s trial

As closing arguments loom, former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson will not be taking the stand to defend his decision to take cover while a gunman wreaked havoc at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Jury deliberating in ex-deputy’s Parkland negligence trial

Closing arguments in Peterson’s trial Monday focused on what he did during the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas, what he should have done and what prosecutors say he failed to do — his job.

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