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Football coach shielded students during Florida massacre

A hero football coach stepped in front of students to shield them from gunfire during the Florida school massacre, it has emerged.

Aaron Feis was among those injured when former student Nikolas Cruz went on the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Students said he used his body to protect students from the attack. He was reported to be fighting for his life in hospital but his condition remains unclear.

Aaron Feis, was injured during the shooting and had been protecting students from the attack

Feis had been a security guard at the school for eight years, according to students

Feis had been a security guard at the school for eight years, according to students

Many took to Twitter to sing praises of Feis and the sacrifice he made to protect the students

Many took to Twitter to sing praises of Feis and the sacrifice he made to protect the students

Feis had been a security guard at the school for eight years, according to students

Twitter user @DiCiccoMethod tweeted: ‘Coaches are always protectors… Some heroes wear Gatorade towels over their shoulders.’

Many tweeted that Feis jumped in front of students during the shooting and took several bullets.

And @ScottWarner18 tweeted: ‘Rather than talk about the coward shooter, meet Aaron Feis, football coach & security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS. He stepped in front of many students to protect them from bullets. He’s currently battling for his life at the hospital. Let’s pray for him. #hero #Parkland.’

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested after he stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday afternoon armed with an assault rifle

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested after he stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday afternoon armed with an assault rifle

Chris Hixon, 49, was Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's athletic director

Chris Hixon, 49, was Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s athletic director

Student Jaime Guttenburg (pictured) has also been identified as a victim, according to Local 10 News . Her parents Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg said she died in the shooting, while their son, Jesse, made it home

Student Jaime Guttenburg (pictured) has also been identified as a victim, according to Local 10 News . Her parents Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg said she died in the shooting, while their son, Jesse, made it home

Student Jaime Guttenburg (pictured) has also been identified as a victim, according to Local 10 News . Her parents Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg said she died in the shooting, while their son, Jesse, made it home

It comes as a teenage girl and a beloved track coach were identified as the first of the 17 victims shot by the 19-year-old gunman.

Chris Hixon, 49, was shot and killed when Nikolas Cruz, 19, open fire Wednesday afternoon.

Student Jaime Guttenburg has also been identified as a victim, according to Local 10 News. Her parents Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg said she died in the shooting, while their son, Jesse, made it home.

 



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