REPORT: Parkland parent declares why he wants death penalty dropped for school shooter

NOVEMBER 29, 2019

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A man whose son was killed during the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has called for the prosecutors to drop the death penalty and “let the shooter rot in jail for the rest of his life.”

Michael Schulman’s 35-year-old son Scott Beigel was a ninth-grade geography teacher and cross country coach at the Parkland, Fla., high school and was one of 17 people killed when a former student opened fire.

The article goes on to state the following:

“‘Going for the death penalty’ will not bring our loved ones back to us,” Schulman wrote in an op-ed for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “It will not make the physical scars of those wounded go away. In fact, what it will do is to continue the trauma and not allow the victims to heal and get closure.”

In his op-ed, Schulman added the following:

Understand, that in order to get the death penalty, the state has to take the trial for the murder of our family members to conclusion. In all likelihood, that means many of us would have to testify at the trial and relive February 14, 2018, again and again, as we all sit in a courtroom for weeks.

We would be putting ourselves through this for the chance that the shooter would get what we all believe he deserves: the death penalty. Yet, even following a trial, the shooter could be sentenced to life without parole — the same sentence the shooter has already agreed to accept for in exchange for a guilty plea. Pursuing the death penalty means subjecting ourselves to the trauma of a trial, reliving the murder of our loved ones for a result we could have obtained without that trauma.

“Let the shooter rot in jail for the rest of his life. Let us try and get some closure! Let us try and move forward with our lives,” Schulman wrote.

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