The Waffle House Hero Just Met With Some Stoneman Douglas Activists—And Everyone Was Starstruck

On Saturday, James Shaw Jr.  met with survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at a Denny’s restaurant in Florida. Shaw Jr. has been hailed a hero after stopping what could have been multiple more deaths at a Waffle House in Tennessee on April 22. Shaw Jr. was able to wrestle an AR-15 from the gunman’s arms, which police have said saved multiple lives. His advocacy efforts since the incident have brought him to a number of cities whose residents have been victim to gun violence, include students from Parkland, Florida. 

Among those who met with Shaw Jr. for breakfast were David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez. In a tweet from Saturday that included a photo of Shaw standing with Gonzalez, Shaw Jr. wrote, “I met one of my heroes today.” 

Shaw Jr. is 29-years-old and a father of two. After the Waffle House shooting, he created a GoFundMe page for the victims of the event. He has raised over $241,000 of $15,000 thus far. You can donate to the page here. 

After Saturday’s breakfast, Gonzalez took to Twitter to write, ““[T]he Most Legendary Breakfast ive ever had in my life.”

The shooting in Parkland on February 14, 2018, resulted in 17 deaths– fourteen students and three staff members. The man arrested for the shooting was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.