Former President Obama pens a letter to the parents of a Parkland teacher who was killed protecting his students during a school shooting.
Michael Schulman and Linda Beigel Schulman received a letter from Obama earlier this month.
Their son, Scott Beigel, was a 35-year-old geography teacher and cross country coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was one of 17 people killed on Feb. 14.
“Your son seemed like an extraordinary young man, and Michelle and I grieve alongside you,” the letter said. “We can only imagine the hardship you are going through; hopefully all the wonderful memories can help ease the pain. We’ll get the details about your fund in his honor. In the meantime, you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
The handwritten note was signed by Barack Obama.
Linda Beigel Schulman said that she has not heard from current President Trump.
“I received no correspondence whatsoever. I received nothing from the White House. I got a beautiful letter from Marco Rubio,” Beigel Schulman said. “I’ve gotten letters from other congressmen. But no, nothing from the President,”
She said she believed Trump should have reached out to her following her son’s death, but she wasn’t disappointed.
“Because I didn’t expect it,” she said. “I have realistic expectations.”
Scott Beigel has been praised as a hero after he reportedly unlocked the door to his classroom to allow more students to run safely inside as a gunman walked the hallways of the Florida high school.
He was killed trying to lock the door again.
“What Scott did — saving his students — doesn’t surprise me,” his mother said. “I’m proud of him. Obviously, I wish he wasn’t murdered doing it, but I wouldn’t expect anything less of Scott.”
Biegel Schulman has become an outspoke gun control activist following the death of her son. She drew attention at CNN’s town hall on gun control last month during an exchange with National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
“The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, which gave my son the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So I ask you, why are my son’s unalienable rights not protected as fiercely as the right to bear arms?” she asked.