Statement from Linda Beigel Schulman On Parkland Jury’s Sentence
It has been 1,703 days since my son, Scott J. Beigel, was murdered in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The jury, by recommending life without parole, has given a choice that my own son did not have. This in no way provides solace or comfort. Not only is it a disappointment but an insult to those who lost their lives in this shooting but an insult to the family members and survivors. I’m incredibly disappointed in the jury’s decision. We are all disappointed. My son was murdered, along with 16 other people, and this animal will have life. I hope he spends the rest of his life in fear, just the way he gave that fear to our loved ones the day he murdered them. He should live in that fear and be afraid every second of the rest of his life. If this was not the perfect death penalty case, then why do we have the death penalty at all. We’re going to make sure that the AR-15 and those assault weapons that killed our loved ones are taken off the streets, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do. We’re going to continue to fight.