We’ve all heard of the saying, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Well, a pair of brothers recently became closer to each other after sharing the terrifying ordeal of having a shooter in their school.
Brothers Sam and Matthew Zeif attend Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Both were understandably frightened when a gunman stormed into their school and began shooting at random last February 14.
Sam, 18, hurriedly sent a message to his 14-year-old brother, asking if he was alright. The frightened kid wasn’t sure if he was going to be alright.
“Hopefully. Just know, I love you forever and [you’re] the best brother,” Matthew replied.
“We’re gonna get out of here I promise,” Sam hurriedly assured his brother, despite not really knowing whether they would survive this ordeal at all.
Things would soon took a turn for worse when Matthew asked Sam if the cops were there as his teacher was at the doorway, already dead.
“I’m on 3rd floor you think I’m ok?” Matthew asked.
Sam frantically replied, “Don’t do anything. Don’t DO ANYTHING. Do you understand?”
He was very much worried when Matthew didn’t reply immediately. Thankfully, the two would get out of the building alive; both were unscathed but the ordeal shook them. It also brought them closer to each other.
A day after the shooting, a now relieved Sam shared their text exchange on Twitter. The heartbreaking messages went viral.
“Scariest part of it all was knowing my little brother was right above me and not knowing if I would ever see him again. I’ve never really treated him the way he deserved. Not anymore. Seeing his face outside of school was the most relief I had ever felt. My prayers to all,” Sam captioned his post.
It turned out Matthew’s ordeal had been worse than Sam could have ever imagined.
In a report on New York Times, it was revealed that the teacher he mentioned in his message to his brother was Scott Beigel. The teacher had been ushering students from the hallway into his room – and Matthew had been the last one to get in!
Sadly, as he was locking the door, the teacher was shot by the gunman.
The boys’ mom hailed the teacher a hero.
“Mr. Beigel could have passed Matthew up and gone in the classroom first. In that case, Matthew would have been the one in the doorway,” Jennifer Zeif said.