Murdered Parkland teacher honored on Long Island
NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - Scott Beigel cared so much about his students that he gave his life for them. The 35-year-old was one of the 17 victims shot to death at Marjory Stonemam Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
One month to the day after the senseless attack, Scott's hometown of Huntington, Long Island, honored his heroism alongside his family.
"Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the morning, and see them home alive at the end of the day," said Linda Beigel Schulman, Scott's mom. She remembers her son as kind, caring, and, most importantly, humble.
"I just hope wherever he is, he sees what's going on because he'd never believe it," she said.
"The hardest part for me is at night, before bed when my 2-year-old asks, 'Can we FaceTime Uncle Scotty?' and I have to say, 'He's not here,'" Melissa Zech, Scott's sister, said.
Beigel may not be here physically, but his legacy certainly lives on. Students across Long Island took part in a walkout Wednesday to honor the Parkland victims. They stood in silence but their message was heard loud and clear.
"The students are amazing, the students are peaceful, mindful, respectful—a lot more than I can say for adults in the same situation," Schulman said.
Remembering Scott goes far beyond Wednesday. Hart Place, Scott's childhood street, has now been renamed to Scott J. Beigel Way.