Disgraced Parkland school deputy is collecting a six-figure pension

The Florida deputy who failed to confront the gun-toting teen blamed for the Parkland high school massacre is now collecting a state pension that works out to $104,424 a year — for life, a local newspaper reported Wednesday.

And relatives and representatives of the 17 people killed and 17 people wounded at the school on Valentine's Day are appalled that taxpayers are funding Scot Peterson's retirement.

"He's very upset that this guy, who let these kids die, in now collecting money like nothing happened," attorney Alex Arreaza, who is representing 15-year-old shooting survivor Anthony Borges, told NBC News on Wednesday.

Peterson resigned on Feb. 22 — a week after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and began collecting his $8,702.35-a-month pension in April, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported, citing information from the Florida Department of Management Services.

A Broward County Sheriff's deputy for 32 years, Peterson's pension is based on the number of years he worked and the average of his five highest-paid years, the paper reported. He was paid $101,879.03 last year, which includes $75,673.72 in salary plus overtime and other compensation.

His last posting was as the high school's school resource officer.

Peterson came under fire after video footage from the high school revealed that he made no attempt to stop 19-year-old accused gunman Nikolas Cruz from shooting up the school.

Among the victims was Borges, who is credited with saving up to 20 lives when he used his body to shield his classmates and wound up being shot five times.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suspended Peterson after viewing the footage and President Donald Trump called Peterson's non-response "disgusting" and insisted he would have charged into the school even if he was unarmed.

But Peterson's lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzi III, blasted Israel for judging his client without knowing all the facts.

"Let there be no mistake," DiRuzzi said. "Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented the untimely passing of the seventeen victims on that day, and his heart goes out to the families of the victims in their time of need."

DiRuzzi did not immediately respond to an emailed request from NBC News on whether Peterson should be entitled to a taxpayer-paid pension given what happened on Feb. 14.