Thursday, February 15, 2018

KU’s Khalil Herbert states shock over mass shooting at Florida high school he attended

Kansas running back Khalil Herbert (10) fields a kickoff during warmups on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Kansas running back Khalil Herbert (10) fields a kickoff during warmups on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.


Now in his second year with the University of Kansas football program, running back Khalil Herbert spent some of his formative years attending Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., site of a deadly shooting on Wednesday.

Although Herbert graduated from American Heritage High, roughly 17 miles away, he spent three years before that as a student at Douglas.

Herbert stated his shock over the mass shooting, which left 17 dead, on social media. An interview request through KU media relations was declined as Herbert didn’t feel comfortable speaking on the fatal events.

“Please pray for my hometown,” Herbert wrote in an Instagram post. “Prayers out for all the victims and their families, everyone connected and affected by what happened today. This is home. I have no words. I still can’t believe this happened right in my backyard. (T)his is where I grew up, where I learned to really play football, my city, man… (T)his needs to stop. I just can’t believe this. Just doesn’t make any sense. Doesn’t even seem real.”


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Kansas running back Khalil Herbert

On Twitter, Herbert wrote that he is at “an utter loss for words.”

A football coach at Douglas, Aaron Feis, who also worked at the high school as a security guard, was killed while shielding students from the gunman, according to various reports.

KU football coach David Beaty was one of many within the profession to weigh in on the tragic shooting.

“Our thoughts go out to all of those impacted by the tragedy at Douglas High School in Florida,” Beaty posted on Twitter. “We are praying for peace for you and your families.”

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John Fitzgerald 1 year, 3 months ago

Absolutely heart breaking. It's beginning to happen so much it's hard to even know what to say anymore. And to the guy that put his body in front of the bullets to save the kids, I salute you. Those are the type of people we need leading our country. A pure, genuine and caring soul that will put himself in the line of fire to save a life. That is a true hero.

Robert Brock 1 year, 3 months ago

Man, these mass shootings are happening every few days! Hard to imagine why anyone wants to shoot school kids with military weapons.

Unfortunately, it isn’t going to stop; in fact, it is just the beginning. Nothing can stop it now.

Phil Leister 1 year, 3 months ago

How about we offer some "thoughts and prayers" for the people out there contemplating the next one of these mass shootings? Everyone offers them for the families and friends of the most recent incident, which is nice and all. But maybe some thoughts and prayers will help prevent the next one. I don't know.

Nishant Pandya 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah, I can understand what he would be feeling. We can not be in any mood of speaking about such fatal events with kusports. May god give the family courage and RIP to the souls. Regards Nishants

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Phil - I would add that maybe we should all think twice about how we relate to potentially the next one. There might be people in our society that are destined for destruction but it seems to me that the destructive behavior of some might not have been if they would have had more positive comments or influences in their lives.

A manager at a city decades ago said there are always 2 ways of saying anything: a positive way and a negative way. We're always going to try to be positive. That can include saying no and correcting mistakes. It is a matter of doing it with words and in ways that are not demeaning or hurtful.

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