Authorities said that a court-ordered reenactment of the 2017 Parkland, Florida mass shooting will take place Friday, using live ammunition, as part of a suit against a former deputy sheriff accused of failing act during the massacre.
Broward County Public Schools has confirmed the reenactment through a announcement.
As part of a civil lawsuit, a court authorized a reenactment of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ tragedy of February 14, 2018. Broward County Public Schools does not organize or control the reenactment. It will take place in the 1200 Building on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas on August 4, 2023.
The district announced that the high school, as well as a middle school nearby, will be closed on Friday.
The school system was not immediately available for comment. Some relatives of the victims were also unable be reached.
In the reenactment, ballistic experts will fire 139 rounds. The sound of bullets will be recorded by technicians outside the three-story building. They are trying to mimic what Scot Peterson heard as a deputy and school resource officer on the campus during the six minute attack.
Live ammunition will be fired in the same places as the gunman, using an AR-15 semiautomatic style rifle. The bullets are caught by a safety mechanism, NBC South Florida reports.
In the shooting, 17 students, teachers and other staff members died and 17 others were injured.
In 2021, former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty and received a sentence of life imprisonment.
Peterson was the lone gunman in the school when the shooter began to fire. After the mass shooting, he was forced to retire.
Peterson, 60 years old, who was also named in the lawsuit and worked for Broward Sheriff’s Office said that echoes made it impossible to pinpoint the source of the gunfire. He drew a gun and got to the door of the building, but then stood near an adjacent building for forty minutes and made radio calls. Peterson said that he did not know where the shooter is, and this stopped him from entering the school.
Peterson has been charged with seven counts for neglecting a child in 2019, three counts for culpable negligent and one count perjury. Broward County State Attorney’s Office stated that the charges could result in a maximum sentence of 96 and a half years behind bars.
On Friday, it was not possible to reach Peterson’s attorney. A lawyer representing the plaintiffs was not available for comment either.