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Head football coach Willis May resigns

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Published on March 16, 2019 with No Comments


Cites Parkland shooting as factor

 Marjory Stoneman Douglas 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School head foorball coach Willis May has  resigned more than a year after a shooting at the school left 17 people dead. May, who lost assistant coach Aaron Feis and athletic director and wrestling coach Chris Hixon in the shooting, cited the incident as the primary factor for his resignation. “It’s been hard to come to work with everything that’s went on,” May shared with media. “I miss Aaron Feis every day, and I miss Chris Hixon every day. It’s been really hard, and I just needed a change. I needed a change for my soul. I will always be grateful for the love and affection the community showed my family. I will always wish nothing but the best for the whole community, Parkland, and definitely Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Want only the best for them.” Feis, who died in the shooting Feb. 14, 2018, shielded students from the attack when a former student armed with a gun opened fire inside the Parkland, Fla., School. May and other members of the coaching staff left Feis’ desk unchanged following his death. May said seeing the reminders on campus in the aftermath of the tragic event pushed him to the point of walking away. “We’ve got a cemetery on campus that we have to look at every day, when it comes to the 1200 building,” May said. “They know I have to walk in my office and Aaron Feis’ desk is there without him, and on the other side Chris Hixon’s office is there without him. It’s hard. They understand.”

 

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