Waffle House Hero James Shaw Meets With Parkland Students

"Lots of work ahead but the young people will win."

After tweeting their mutual respect for each other, the Parkland students and James Shaw Jr., who has been declared a "hero" for his intervention in a shooting at a Waffle House last month, met in-person this weekend. The group of students Shaw met with included both David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez. All three have become faces of gun violence in the U.S. and the call for gun reform legislation since their stories became national news. 

"I met one of my heros [sic] today," Shaw captioned a photo of himself and Gonzalez he posted afterward to his Twitter account in a moment that seemed to come full circle after Gonzalez referred to him as her hero last month online. 

Hogg and Gonzalez also tweeted photos of the meeting.  "This was the Most Legendary Breakfast ive ever had in my life," Gonzalez wrote. 

After disarming a shooter during an incident at a Waffle House in Tennessee in April, Shaw generally rejected the "hero" label that others thought his actions merited. Instead, the 29-year-old electrician set up a GoFundMe that raised over $240,000 for the families of the four people who were killed in the incident. 

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

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