Teacher who lost his life saving students during Florida school shooting honoured

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Students leaving after attending the funeral for Scott Beigel at Temple Beth-El
Students leaving after attending the funeral for Scott Beigel at Temple Beth-El
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Scott Beigel’s heroism and dedication were the hallmarks of his life. Beigel, a geography teacher, was among the 17 people killed in Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


At least 350 family members, friends, students and colleagues gathered for his funeral Sunday at Temple Beth-El in Boca Raton.

As shots rang out, Beigel unlocked a door to a classroom to let students hide inside as a gunman stalked the halls. While some made it inside, Beigel was shot.

Beigel was a dedicated teacher, a cross-country coach and a summer camp counselor.


The 35-year-old New York native attended the University of Miami and lived in Deerfield Beach. This was his first year teaching at Stoneman Douglas, according to the school’s administrators.

Family members carried Beigel’s casket outside the temple Sunday, as his parents, sister, girlfriend and others trailed close behind.

Members of the school’s cross country team have organized a run to honor Beigel and the 16 other victims of the shooting. The run begins Tuesday evening at Pine Trails Park in Parkland.


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