Mother of geography teacher killed in Parkland attack advocates for change

Linda Beigel Schulman with picture of son Scott Beigel, who was killed in the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14, 2018.
Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 05:50:06-05

PARKLAND, Fla. — The New York mom of a Parkland hero is carrying on her son’s legacy.

Linda Beigel Schulman is ensuring her son’s selfless act on behalf of his students will inspire change.

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Scott Beigel, who was a geography teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School saved students by letting them into his locked classroom. He saved those students just before he was shot and killed inside the school last year.

His mom has now made it her mission to honor him by pushing for more protection for students and people across the country.

Schulman is in South Florida this week from Long Island, New York, to honor her son and be part of the Parkland community during this very difficult time.

But Parkland has been on her mind and in her heart every day over the last year.

It has motivating her to push for change in New York, where she raised Beigel and continues to live.

Schulman and her husband were present when the New York State Senate recently honored Beigel with a resolution and passed updated gun control legislation. This including a red flag law that allows for the courts to stop a dangerous person from having or buying a gun.

“Nothing is going to bring back my son, nothing. There’s nothing in the world that’s going to bring him back, but let’s not let people who shouldn’t own guns or firearms. Let’s not let them take away anybody else’s child or coworker,” said Schulman.

When Beigel wasn’t teaching geography or cross country coaching in Parkland, he was working at a summer camp in Pennsylvania. So, Schulman also started the Scott Beigel Memorial Fund to raise money to send underprivileged children who have been touched by gun violence to summer camp.