Scott J. Beigel died protecting his students.
The 35-year-old Dix Hills native, a geography teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was one of 17 people killed on Feb. 14 when a shooter opened fire in the Parkland, Florida, school. He was shot while turning to lock his classroom door after guiding students inside for safety.
And on Saturday, Beigel’s family, friends and former students, along with state, county and local officials, gathered to ensure his death would never be forgotten, by dedicating Hart Place —the street he grew up on — in his honor.
“Someday when someone says, ‘Why is this street named Scott Beigel?’ there will be a powerful story to tell about a movement that started with his death and the death of young people who did nothing more than show up for school one day,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said at the ceremony Saturday. “It is in their name that we carry on this movement, this fight.”