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LI Parkland victim Scott Beigel to be honored at Bellmore fundraiser-screening

A memorial for geography teacher and cross-country coach

A memorial for geography teacher and cross-country coach Scott Beigel, a Dix Hills native, was held at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 20. Credit: South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP/Mike Stocker

Scott Beigel, the Dix Hills native who was killed during this year’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, will be honored next week at a fundraising event in Bellmore that includes a screening of a new documentary on the tragedy by Long Island filmmaker Charlie Minn.

Beigel, who taught geography at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was fatally shot while locking the door to a classroom where he had guided students to safety. He was 35. In honor of the fallen teacher, local and state officials recently christened his childhood street Scott J. Beigel Way.

The fundraising event, scheduled for Monday at the Bellmore Playhouse, will donate partial proceeds to the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund, which helps send lower-income children to camp. Tickets include a buffet dinner and an 8 p.m. showing of “Parkland: Inside Building 12,” directed by Manhasset Hills native Charlie Minn. The film, whose title refers to the building where the shootings took place, features interviews with teachers, students, members of the Beigel family and parents of both survivors and victims.

“Mass shootings are something I’ve documented quite a bit,” says the Manhattan-based Minn, whose nearly 30 films include 2013’s “Long Island Rail Road Massacre” and the upcoming “One October,” about the shootings at a Las Vegas music festival last year. “I still think, to this day, the media always covers it the wrong way by focusing on the killer. And in this film, the focus is completely on the victims.”

“Parkland: Inside Building 12” begins a one-week run at the Bellmore Playhouse next Friday. For information on the film and the fundraising event, go to

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