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Father of Parkland school shooting victim files lawsuit against accused shooter and deputy who didn't enter school

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Andrew Pollack and his daughter Meadow (PHOTO: Twitter) Andrew Pollack and his daughter Meadow (PHOTO: Twitter)
PARKLAND, Fla. -

The father of one of the 17 victims killed in the mass shooting in Parkland. Florida has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, not only against the accused school shooter. but the armed deputy who stayed outside as the attack unfolded. 

Andrew Pollack's 18-year old daughter, Meadow, was shot repeatedly while trying to shield another student from accused gunman Nikolas Cruz during the Parkland school attack that took 17 lives.  

On Tuesday, Pollack filled a wrongful death suit against Cruz and the former school resource officer Scot Peterson, who resigned after his superiors reviewed video footage showing the 33-year veteran never entered the building after the gunman opened fire inside.

"Scot Peterson did nothing. He had the opportunity and obligation to prevent the death of those innocent people," the lawsuit states.

Pollack says the main point of the suit is to expose the former deputy for failing to do his job.

The lawsuit details how Cruz carried out the shooting at the Stoneman Douglas campus and argues that Peterson could have prevented several deaths.

NBC News reached out to Scot Peterson and his attorney, but both declined to comment. Peterson's attorney has said his client believed the shots were coming from outside the building.

The suit also names three behavioral and mental health facilities saying they should have known that "Cruz suffered from mental illness and was a threat to others."

All of the facilities declined to comment. 

The lawsuit also names James and Kimberly Sneads, the couple who took Cruz in after his mother died saying the Sneads allowed him to have access to guns.  

An attorney for the couple says they are disappointed and that there is no legal basis for the lawsuit. 

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