Amid massacre, a story of courage: Reports say football coach stepped in front of bullets

Coach Aaron Feis died in the shooting at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on Feb. 14, 2018. [Instagram]
Coach Aaron Feis died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on Feb. 14, 2018. [Instagram]
Published February 15 2018
Updated February 15 2018

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.

Feis graduated from Stoneman Douglas High in 1999 and worked at the school for his entire coaching career, according to his bio on the school’s website.

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