Former Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson has been ridiculed as the "Coward of Broward" for staying outside while a gunman killed 17 students, teachers and staff members and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

This week, the choices he made on that day in February 2018 led the police to charge him with seven counts of felony neglect of a child for not doing more to protect students, and with culpable negligence and perjury.

On Thursday, Peterson was released from jail on a US$39,500 bond. He had appeared in court earlier in the day, wearing

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At first, he wasn't sure if he was hearing gunfire or firecrackers

He has described a scene of chaos and confusion

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He says he is haunted by the choices he made.

He defends himself from the second-guessing of others

Fear was not a factor