US Parkland students meet with Waffle House hero

09:45  13 may  2018
09:45  13 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

White House talking to Waffle House hero about Trump meeting

  White House talking to Waffle House hero about Trump meeting The White House has reached out to arrange a potential meeting between President Trump and James Shaw Jr., the man who confronted a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee. "My understanding is that there has been an outreach effort to bring him here to the White House and I'll keep you updated on that as I have more information," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during the Tuesday press briefing.

Instead, the teenage activist posted a photo of James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old man who has been heralded as a hero for tackling and disarming a gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House near Nashville. Meet SI's newest models.

James Shaw Jr. -- the man who heroically disarmed the Waffle House gunman last month and saved lives -- just met with a bunch of fellow young heroes trying to save many more lives in the future. James shared a pic with Parkland student leader Emma Gonzalez Saturday

a close up of a computer: FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following a mass shooting in Parkland © REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following a mass shooting in Parkland

With hugs and Twitter posts, the man who wrestled an AR-15 rifle from a mass shooter at a Nashville restaurant in April met with more than a dozen survivors of the school shooting at Parkland, Fla., for a cheap breakfast in Miami on Saturday.

James Shaw Jr., a 29-year-old electrician, became a media star after overpowering a gunman who killed four people at a Tennessee Waffle House outlet in Nashville to save the lives of more customers.

Shaw has eschewed accolades for his actions, but used his national profile to raise money for the funerals of those killed and to help people recovering from their wounds.

Waffle House hero hasn't heard from President Trump

  Waffle House hero hasn't heard from President Trump James Shaw Jr. tells CNN's Van Jones he has yet to hear from President Trump about taking down the gunman at the Waffle House in Tennessee."I haven't heard anything, but that's not to say he didn't try to contact me, or not," the 29-year-old admitted when asked by CNN's Van Jones on 'The Van Jones Show' if he had been contacted by President Trump, despite White House press secretary Sarah Sanders saying on Tuesday that the White House intended to invite him for a visit.

DeVos took a short trip down to Florida to meet with survivors of the Parkland shooting, but the students she met with were "frustrated," they told Buzzfeed, because she refused to answer pointed questions about guns in Hot Wire. WATCH: Van Jones Urges Waffle House Hero To Bash Trump.

As it turns out, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv didn’t hang up when he got the call from the White House . He went to Washington to talk to the president and meet with leaders, including Ted Cruz, Orrin Hatch RELATED: Watch: CNN Baits Waffle House Hero to Trash Trump, Instantly Regrets It.

"I met one of my heroes today," Shaw tweeted along with pictures of himself with a Parkland student, at a Denny's restaurant in Miami.

He found common ground with the teenaged survivors of the shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 14 students and three teachers were killed by a gunman on Valentine's Day in February.

The youths formed a national movement called 'March For Our Lives', which has challenged lawmakers and criticized the National Rifle Association's resistance to new gun control laws.

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

Parkland student and activist David Hogg, 17, tweeted, "Wow just, wow," about the breakfast with Shaw.

Shaw tweeted, "Let's keep inspiring and bringing pple (people) together."

(Reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Waffle House suspect denies mental health issues .
A man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House says he wants to represent himself in court in the murder cases.<br>WTVF played an audio recording of Travis Reinking talking to one of the station's reporters, where the suspect can be heard saying "I'm perfectly healthy" when asked about his mental fitness. Reinking called the reporter from the Nashville jail, where he is being held without bond.

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