A student who survived the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Thursday said she owes her life to a teacher who protected her.
Kelsey Friend told CNN that Scott Beigel was shot and killed while locking her and other students inside his classroom.
“Mr. Beigel was my hero and he will forever be my hero,” she said. “I will never forget the actions that he took for me and fellow students in the classroom.”
“If his family is watching this, please know your son or your brother was an amazing person and I am alive today because of him,” Friend continued.
“Thank you for bringing and having this amazing person in life and giving him the power to be stronger than I could have ever been. He will be missed by me and multiple friends.”
Friend added that she is “100 percent certain” Beigel’s actions during Wednesday’s bloodshed saved her life.
“I will not let this shooting go down as another one, because people are not understanding this, this is not going to stop.”
The Miami Herald on Thursday reported that Beigel was a 35-year-old geography teacher who was killed while closing the door behind panicked students.
Wednesday’s attack killed 17 people, making it the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder Thursday for his alleged role in the carnage the day before.
Police say Cruz had been kicked out of Stoneman Douglas and was a volatile teenager whose unusual behavior had cost him friendships.