There are times in America when sports in general becomes a trivial matter in the big picture of life in this country. Wednesday’s deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. is certainly one of those times.
The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead and over a dozen injured, leaves another community stunned and left to mourn the deaths of all too many innocent victims. But the tragedy did not come without heroes.
One of the victims was Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard at the school.
It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
A True Hero
According to the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Feis protected at least one student during the shooting. He reportedly jumped between a student and the shooter, pushing her out of the line of fire.
It will be important to honor all of the victims of the deadly shooting, as more information on them will come out in the coming days. And it will also be in the media’s best interests not to glorify or overly publicize the actions of the shooter, but rather to remember the heroes who sacrificed their own lives to save the incident from becoming even more tragic. Feis is certainly one of those heroes.
That’s why you won’t see the shooter’s face plastered here. You may want to learn more about what drove him to do such a horrific thing as murder 17 people. And that’s understandable. But nobody should lose sight of what Feis did to save at least one student’s life, and what many others have done in the face of terror.
How To Help
If you’re able to donate O-negative blood, OneBlood is now accepting contributions. And if possible, you can also assist the FBI in their investigation of the shooting. PublicGood.com also has resources for how you can help the victims and their families.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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