Brother of Slain Parkland Hero Gives Exclusive Interview to CBS News 4 Miami

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

  • Ray Feis - brother of Aaron Feis, the coach who died shielding students during the February 14 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – gave his first interview since the incident to CBS 4 Miami on Monday. Feis praised the actions of his brother and fellow coaches who were killed protecting students, called for resignations in school and police leadership, and criticized the lack of action by organizations previously alerted to the shooter’s concerning behavior.

PARKLAND, Fla. (PRWEB) June 27, 2018

Ray Feis, brother of the late Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coach and celebrated hero Aaron Feis, spoke out in his first interview on Monday. Feis sat down with anchor Rudabeh Shahbazi of CBS News 4 Miami for the exclusive, where he applauded the actions of Feis and other coaches who died defending students, criticized organizations who took no action when alerted to prior actions of the shooter, and called for significant changes in the Broward County School System.

Describing Aaron as his own "protector" and a "father figure," and a caring mentor who made sure students had lunch and even bought them shoes when needed, Feis said he was not surprised that his brother rushed to shield students during the mass shooting on February 14, 2018, even though it meant losing his own life. Aaron Feis, along with fellow coaches Chris Hixon and Scott Biegel, died while trying to stop the shooter, a former student. In all, 17 people were killed in the massacre and many more injured. Feis stated that on the day of the shooting, Aaron, as well as Hixon and Biegel, did what they did every day - make sure the kids were safe.

Ray Feis pointed out that the shooter, "an individual with documented mental health issues," had multiple encounters with law enforcement, administrators and others, while exhibiting violent, anti-social and bizarre behavior, but he "just kept getting passed over." Feis criticized the multiple agencies which had previously been made aware of these issues and noted that "no one wanted to do the right thing."

In the interview, Feis advocated that more attention should be focused on students with mental health issues in the Broward County Public School System, "so other potential shooters do not slip through the cracks." He also told Shahbazi that Aaron, among others, had repeatedly tried to get help for the shooter, but that "the teachers and staff don't have the amount of backing that they actually need."

Feis ultimately points to a failure in leadership as the reason for the systematic breakdowns that resulted in Aaron and 16 others being killed at Stoneman Douglas. Feis has called for Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie, as well as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, to step down while their departments are being investigated.

Feis has publicly endorsed Broward County School Board candidate Richard Mendelson, who was one of Aaron's best friends. Feis believes Mendelson is the best person for the job, due to his background in security, PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and extensive experience as a coach and educator at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Mendelson has become a symbol of change in the Broward County School Board race. His platform emphasizes school safety, hardening of schools, fair pay for teachers, and accountability - all of which Ray Feis believes are now lacking.

For more information on School Board Candidate Richard A. Mendelson, Ph.D., please visit: http://www.mendelsonbcps6.com/.

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RAY FEIS DOES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RUDABEH SHAHBAZI ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER, AARON, IN THE STONEMAN DOUGLAS SHOOTING

Ray Feis, younger brother of the late Aaron Feis, a coach and security guard at Stoneman Douglas High School who was killed in a school shooting on February 14, 2018 sat down in an exclusive interview with CBS4 Miami reporter Rudabeh Shahbazi found here: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2018/06/25/brother-of-slain-msd-football-coach-on-aaron-feis-school-shooting/    

Mendelson Endorsed for Broward County School Board District 6

 

Brother of Slain Parkland Shooting Hero Aaron Feis Endorses Dr. Richard Mendelson for Broward County School Board

Broward County School Board District 6 candidate Dr. Richard Mendelson today received the endorsement of Ray Feis, brother of high school coach Aaron Feis, who was slain while protecting students during the Parkland shooting. Dr. Mendelson has pledged to improve the educational environment for students and teachers.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) May 11, 2018

Just weeks after announcing his campaign to serve District 6 on the Broward County School Board, Dr. Richard Mendelson today received the endorsement of his candidacy by Ray Feis, brother of the late high school coach Aaron Feis. Coach Feis died heroically after using his own body to shield students during the mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 were killed and many more injured.

"Richard has always been a passionate advocate for our local schools and was a close friend of my brother Aaron,” said Ray Feis. “I'm proud to endorse Richard’s candidacy for the Broward School Board because I know he will be a champion for positive change in our community. I strongly support his pledged commitment to working for fair pay for our teachers, requiring more accountability in the school district, and making changes in public school safety to better protect our schools, students, teachers and administrators.”

“Our family, and many others in this community, suffered terribly as a result of the Parkland shooting but I will not allow Aaron’s death to be in vain. Richard is well equipped to be the catalyst of critical changes we need in the Broward School District. As a life-long educator and former teacher for 13 years at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, there is nobody more qualified to serve as a Broward County School Board Member and leader in our community than Richard Mendelson” said Feis.

For his part, Mendelson said today that he was “honored to have the support of Ray Feis, and I pledge as a member of the Broward County School Board to tirelessly create a safe, fulfilling educational environment for our students and teachers as well as implement aggressive policies and procedures to require accountability at all levels of the school district.”

He added: “As a second-generation Broward County Public School educator and a graduate of the Broward School system, I have deep roots in this District and in this community. In the tragic Parkland attack, I lost a close friend in Aaron Feis, who was like a brother to me. I feel compelled to step forward and utilize my knowledge and experience as an educator and an expert in industrial and organizational psychology to facilitate the necessary critical changes to our school system at every level.”

“The time has come to aggressively revamp our district operations, administration, finance and culture. I am eager to be part of this process and to work with the other School Board members to effect these changes as quickly as possible” said Mendelson.

For more information on School Board Candidate Richard A. Mendelson, Ph.D., please visit: http://www.mendelsonbcps6.com/.