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Ex-School resource officer Scot Peterson defends actions during the Parkland School shooting

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Scot Peterson leaves the Broward County Jail after posting bond, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Peterson, who was the assigned resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been charged with 11 criminal counts after failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland school massacre. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Former school resource officer Scot Peterson is defending himself again in the way he responded to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

Peterson and his attorney Mark Eiglarsh held a news conference on Wednesday morning, days after the deposition of former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel was released.

“There is no way in hell that I would sit there and allow those kids to die with me being next to another building and sitting there. No way. And anybody who knows me will tell you that’s not deputy Peterson,” he said with raw emotion in his voice.” Peterson said.

Prosecutors argue that school resource officers are different from police officers, that they are tasked with securing school grounds, and that Peterson’s role was to protect kids.

“I’ll never forget the day,” Scot Peterson said of the Feb. 14, 2018 Parkland mass shooting. “Not only kids died. I had friends that died. Never for a second would I sit there and allow anyone to die knowing that animal was up in the building. Never.”

There are seven counts of neglect and a perjury charge that Peterson’s attorney Mark Eiglarsh wants dismissed. He argued in the hearing that his client is not a caregiver — a parent, adult household member or teacher — and therefore shouldn’t be charged with child neglect.

Peterson faces multiple counts of child negligence for failing to enter the school building and confront the shooter.

A judge still has to decide whether to dismiss the charges. Peterson is next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.

Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty last week to the shootings, the deadliest high school shooting in US history.