Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Waffle House Hero Joins Up with Parkland Student Heroes

Waffle House Hero Joins Up with Parkland Student Heroes

James Shaw Jr got to meet with the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

MIAMI — Samantha Fuentes, one of the Parkland school shooting survivors who gave emotional speeches at the March for Our Lives in Washington, has something to celebrate: Three months after the attack, she says "My face is finally shrapnel free!"

"Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident.so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy", Shaw tweeted after the meeting.

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'I met one of my heros today, ' Shaw tweeted below his picture with Emma Gonzalez. So far, the campaign has raised over USD$240,000, far surpassing its goal of USD$15,000. According to ABC, the father of two met with several of the students including outspoken activists David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.

"This morning, the President had a call with James Shaw Jr.to commend his heroic actions and quick thinking last month at a Waffle House in Tennessee", Shah told reporters at the daily White House briefing. He tweeted shortly afterwards, "Wow just, wow @JamesShawJr9 lots of work ahead but the young people will win".

Only weeks earlier, Gonzalez took to Twitter calling Shaw her hero after Kanye West called Gonzalez his hero during a Twitter spree where he spewed a series of odd and out of pocket tweets in addition to his drag-worthy remarks about slavery.

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The NRA has pushed back against the students declaring that they have "confused Americans" over Constitutionally protected gunrights.

Fuentes was a survivor of the attack that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A few months later, on April 22 of this year, a gunman open fired on a Nashville-area Waffle House.

The devices were used in an October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people.

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