Ole Miss student rallies support for Florida high school

An Ole Miss student lead community members on a walk to support students and teachers of Florida high school.

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 2:44 AM
Updated: Feb 28, 2018 10:22 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - An Ole Miss student, who graduated from the Florida high school where a mass shooting took place,  hosted a walk to remember the students and teachers as they return to school. 

Senior Alexa Johnson lead the walk on the Walk of Champions on the university's campus. She called it A Walk for Champions.

"I wanted to show the students and faculty whenever they go back to school tomorrow for the first day back that the community of Oxford and the students at Ole Miss support them," said Johnson. 

Johnson graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in 2014. She says she was shocked to learn it was her high school where a mass shooting took place. 

"It really didn't set in until the following Monday that it was actually real and that it actually happened."

Johnson explained she knew one of the victims. It was Aaron Feis, a coach, who Johnson says died a hero. 

"He would always just be making sure that the students and everyone was where they needed to be and making sure that they were safe because our safety was his top priority," said Johnson. 

Johnson also recalled the times she saw Nikolas Cruz. 

"I remember just seeing him all the time by himself, being lonely, he didn't really have any friends," said Johnson. 

Before A Walk for Champions, walkers stood for 17 seconds in silence to remember the 17 lives lost Valentine's Day. 

Several students and members of the community walked Johnson. Remembering MSDHS as they go back to school with each step. 

"I just want my second family in Oxford and Ole Miss to support my first family in Parkland, FL," Johnson.

A video will be created and sent off to her former principle to show them the university's and the community's support. 

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