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Private Plane Operator Refunds Money For L.I. Woman Whose Son Died In Parkland Massacre

May 02, 2018 - 3:19 pm

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The mother of one of the heroes in the Parkland, Florida high school massacre was upset Wednesday over a bill she received for her flight down to Florida the day of the shooting, but she ended up getting her money back and more.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Linda Beigel Schulman wrote on her Facebook page that she could not find a commercial flight on Feb. 14 to go to Florida after the massacre.

Her son, Scott Beigel, was a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was one of the heroes who was shot and killed.

Schulman chartered a private plane from Talon Air. The problem, she said, was when she received a bill for $36,000 – half of which was for the plane trying to fly back to Long Island empty.

But after Talon Air founder Adam Katz found out, he said he refunded the money -- $18,000 to Schulman, and the other to a memorial fund set up in Scott Beigel’s name – which helps send children to camp.

“I didn’t know him, but my children, my wife’s children – they were all kids of him. He counseled them at Starlight Camp. A hero – he saved kids by trying to lock a classroom door,” Katz said.

Katz said he had no idea that Schulman even chartered a flight, and if he had, he would never have charged her a dime in the first place.