Horrific situations like a school shooting sometimes remind us how amazing some people are. At the shooting in Florida this week, a football coach named Aaron Feis reportedly shielded students from bullets by blocking them with his body. He survived after the attack but according to the story below, he has passed.
The Miami Herald reports:
Amid massacre, a story of courage: Reports say football coach stepped in front of bullets
When a shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on Wednesday afternoon, reports emerged on Twitter of a football coach jumping in front of students to protect them from the shooter.
Coach Aaron Feis was initially said to be dead, eliciting tributes on social media. Subsequent posts, including by a fellow coach, said he was wounded but had survived the shooting.
“Coach Feis has not passed. He was shot but is not dead,” Jordan May, the son of Stoneman Douglas High head football coach Willis “Peanut” May and himself a member of the coaching staff, said on Twitter. Willis May was in his office when the mass shooting occurred and escaped harm, his son said.
By 9 p.m., the hope that had been rekindled on Twitter was extinguished. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel announced that “a beloved football coach is dead.” He did not name the coach.
It is tragic that he succumbed to his injuries. He proved himself to be a hero in the end.