Waffle House hero James Shaw meets Parkland survivors

It was a meeting of the mutual admiration society.

The man who stopped a mass shooting at a Waffle House met Saturday with Parkland, Florida, students who want to prevent mass shootings everywhere.

James Shaw Jr., hailed as a hero for wrestling a gun from a shooter at a Nashville-area Waffle House last month, tweeted photos of his meeting Saturday with survivors of February’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“Meeting the young adults of the Parkland incident so much fire and inspiration in their eyes was a great joy,” Shaw tweeted after the breakfast meeting in Florida. “I met one of my heros (sic) today.”

Shaw set up a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $240,000 for the families of the four people killed in the April 22 Waffle House shooting and has become an advocate for shooting victims.

Parkland students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who have become highly visible gun-control activists in recent months, were among the students who met Shaw.

“This was the Most Legendary Breakfast ive ever had in my life,” Gonzalez tweeted. Hogg also tweeted a photo of himself posing with Shaw, saying “lots of work ahead but the young people will win.”

The meeting marks a sort of full-circle moment for Shaw and Gonzalez. Last month rapper Kanye West applauded Gonzalez, describing her on Twitter as “my hero.” In what appeared to be a response to West, Gonzalez tweeted a photo of Shaw about 20 minutes later, calling him “my hero.”

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Caged tiger among live animals on display at Miami-Dade prom

The theme of this year’s prom for Christopher Columbus High School students was “Welcome to the Jungle” — and some denizens of the jungle even made an appearance, which caught the attention of some people after cellphone video from the event surfaced.

“My son paid to go to a prom,” said Maria Castellanos, a parent. “This was the surprise entertainment.”

Castellanos said she wasn’t just concerned for the safety of the students, but also for the animals, including a tiger.

“That tiger was in distress,” she said. “The reason he is pacing up and down and his ears (are) going back is because he is showing you distress.”

Video captured the students watching in awe as the caged tiger rolled into prom Friday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center.

The school has since issued a statement on the situation.

“The tiger, which was displayed for a few minutes in a cage, was never harmed or in danger, was not forced to perform, was always accompanied by his handlers, and for the great majority of the time, was laying down in a relaxed state, facing away from the audience,” a school spokesperson said.

But video obtained by Local 10 shows a different picture. The tiger is seen pacing in the cage while performers use fire to entertain the graduating class.

“These animals are not entertainment,” Castellanos said.

School officials contend that several animals — including a lemur, two macaws, an African fennec fox and the tiger — were displayed in a very controlled situation.

But the pictures obtained show those animals and others, such as other birds, used as centerpieces.

The school said the animals were provided by a facility that’s licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

But despite credentialed handlers, Castellanos said it’s the message that worries her.

“The saddest part of it all is teaching the children that there is no merit to the life of that animal — that that animal doesn’t deserve any better,” Castellanos said.

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Mom with terminal cancer sees son graduate at hospital

Like many parents, Stephanie Northcott dreamed of the day she would get to see her son Dalton walk across the stage to receive his high school diploma.

That dream took on an urgency when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2015 and given 10 months to live.

“For two years, that’s all she’s (been) talking about. She wanted to make it to her son’s graduation,” said Julie Northcott, her friend of 21 years.

The two women are as close as sisters and share the same last name because Julie is married to Stephanie’s ex-husband.

Stephanie’s son, Dalton Jackson, finished all his requirements and was set to graduate from Halls High School in Halls, Tennessee, on May 18.

But doctors were afraid she wouldn’t make it, so her friends and loved ones worked to bring the graduation to her.

“No matter what, you’re going to see Dalton graduate,” Julie recalled telling Stephanie. “I just had to do it one way or another.”

Graduation day

Getting the school on board was easy. Julie said the principal told her “just give me a time and a date and I’ll be there.”

The medical staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis was just awesome and did everything to make sure Stephanie was as comfortable as possible, Julie said.

“My baby’s graduating,” Stephanie said as staff wheeled her hospital bed into the chapel.

Once Stephanie was settled in, “Pomp and Circumstance” started playing and Dalton walked in along with his football teammates in their jerseys and friends from his graduating class in their caps and gowns. He gave his mom a big hug and some balloons.

It was a struggle for Stephanie to speak, but she thanked everyone for giving her this moment and told Dalton she’d always be with him.

“You can do anything you ever put your mind to,” she said. “Don’t ever forget that.”

Then Dalton got his diploma.

There were cheers, applause and so many tears when the graduates threw their caps in the air.

Dalton helped his mom stand up, and they danced to Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go.”

When she couldn’t dance any more, she got back in bed and sang to Dalton and her 7-year-old granddaughter, Maddyson, who sat in her lap.

Now that he’s graduated, Dalton hopes to go to college in Mississippi and play football.

Heartbreaking diagnosis

Stephanie is battling cancer from Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that increases the risk of several types of cancer. Her daughter, Amber, died of the same condition in 2012 at just 21.

She’s been in the hospital since April 25.

Julie said Stephanie hasn’t been doing well, but they hope to bring her home soon, so she can go into hospice care.

“She is so strong-willed. It’s just amazing how strong she really is,” Julie said.

Julie said they’ve set up a fund to help pay for Stephanie’s funeral expenses at the Bank of Ripley in Tennessee.

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Mom with terminal cancer sees son graduate at hospital

Like many parents, Stephanie Northcott dreamed of the day she would get to see her son Dalton walk across the stage to receive his high school diploma.

That dream took on an urgency when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2015 and given 10 months to live.

“For two years, that’s all she’s (been) talking about. She wanted to make it to her son’s graduation,” said Julie Northcott, her friend of 21 years.

The two women are as close as sisters and share the same last name because Julie is married to Stephanie’s ex-husband.

Stephanie’s son, Dalton Jackson, finished all his requirements and was set to graduate from Halls High School in Halls, Tennessee, on May 18.

But doctors were afraid she wouldn’t make it, so her friends and loved ones worked to bring the graduation to her.

“No matter what, you’re going to see Dalton graduate,” Julie recalled telling Stephanie. “I just had to do it one way or another.”

Graduation day

Getting the school on board was easy. Julie said the principal told her “just give me a time and a date and I’ll be there.”

The medical staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis was just awesome and did everything to make sure Stephanie was as comfortable as possible, Julie said.

“My baby’s graduating,” Stephanie said as staff wheeled her hospital bed into the chapel.

Once Stephanie was settled in, “Pomp and Circumstance” started playing and Dalton walked in along with his football teammates in their jerseys and friends from his graduating class in their caps and gowns. He gave his mom a big hug and some balloons.

It was a struggle for Stephanie to speak, but she thanked everyone for giving her this moment and told Dalton she’d always be with him.

“You can do anything you ever put your mind to,” she said. “Don’t ever forget that.”

Then Dalton got his diploma.

There were cheers, applause and so many tears when the graduates threw their caps in the air.

Dalton helped his mom stand up, and they danced to Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go.”

When she couldn’t dance any more, she got back in bed and sang to Dalton and her 7-year-old granddaughter, Maddyson, who sat in her lap.

Now that he’s graduated, Dalton hopes to go to college in Mississippi and play football.

Heartbreaking diagnosis

Stephanie is battling cancer from Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that increases the risk of several types of cancer. Her daughter, Amber, died of the same condition in 2012 at just 21.

She’s been in the hospital since April 25.

Julie said Stephanie hasn’t been doing well, but they hope to bring her home soon, so she can go into hospice care.

“She is so strong-willed. It’s just amazing how strong she really is,” Julie said.

Julie said they’ve set up a fund to help pay for Stephanie’s funeral expenses at the Bank of Ripley in Tennessee.

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Teen displaying knife frightens Miami Edison Senior High School students

A 15-year-old Miami Edison Senior High School student was arrested Friday morning for displaying a large kitchen knife in a threatening manner inside the school’s cafeteria, officials said.

Miami-Dade Schools police officers responded to the school at 6161 NW Fifth Court shortly before 11 a.m.

A Miami-Dade County School Board representative said the student showed the knife to a group of students at the school and school administrators immediately took it away. No one was injured. 

The teenage boy told police officers he was displaying it, because he was afraid of a group of boys who were going to allegedly beat him. 

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Teen displaying knife frightens Miami Edison Senior High School students

A 15-year-old Miami Edison Senior High School student was arrested Friday morning for displaying a large kitchen knife in a threatening manner inside the school’s cafeteria, officials said.

Miami-Dade Schools police officers responded to the school at 6161 NW Fifth Court shortly before 11 a.m.

A Miami-Dade County School Board representative said the student showed the knife to a group of students at the school and school administrators immediately took it away. No one was injured. 

The teenage boy told police officers he was displaying it, because he was afraid of a group of boys who were going to allegedly beat him. 

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