FORT LAUDERDALE – A judge must decide whether a reenactment of the Parkland massacre can take place in the 1200-hundred building of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
It’s part of a civil lawsuit brought against former school superintendent Scott Peterson.
The reconstruction will be recorded and parallel to the shooter’s movements inside Building 1200 back in 2018. According to the lawsuit, the goal is to prove that Peterson heard more than 70 shots and was inactive during the shooting on Valentine’s Day.
Peterson was recently acquitted in a criminal trial where he was charged with child neglect. Peterson claimed that he did not know where the shooting came from that day.
However, the parents of the four victims say there is evidence that he knew where they came from, and the best way they think to prove it is to demonstrate what happened.
The petition says the simulation will include the same types of weapons used by the killer, using blanks instead of real ammunition. It will be attended by lawyers, law enforcement agencies and experts.
The families of the victims and survivors have already settled in the Broward School District but are still pending civil cases, including those against the Broward Sheriff’s office.
Now that the criminal proceedings related to the shooting have ended, Building 1200 is to be returned to the school district for demolition. But not before loved ones can tour the corridors to see firsthand what it looks like five years after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 people. The walls remain bloodstained, shards of glass litter the floors, and the building is largely untouched since that day.