Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords tweeted a video of a special needs child, the son of a murdered teacher at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, meeting the former vice president in Washington DC during the March for Life protests. Gabbards herself is a gun violence survivor. The video is now a campaign ad and has gone viral on social media.
The video, which features Biden comforting Corey Hixon, is now part of a campaign ad. It was shot just one month after the mass shooting, when emotions were running high.
We caught up with Debbi Hixon as she was in the midst of campaigning for a seat on the Broward County School Board.
“It was so hard for me to comfort him because I was lost myself,” Hixon said about her son. Husband and father, Chris Hixon, the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, died trying to save students during the Parkland massacre on Feb. 14, 2018.
Debbi and Corey were at a March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., when Biden approached victims' family members, but he skipped the Hixons.
“He turned to leave and then Corey said, ‘Wait, I wanted to meet him!’ and he heard him and he turned around and walked back over to him. To have the vice president take that time in a whole room full of other people, it was such a blessing and something that Corey really needed,” Debbi said.
Corey, who has special needs due to being born with a rare genetic disorder, Kabuki syndrome, recalled the moment Biden said he wanted to meet the family.
“(He said) ‘This is the family? Yes, I’m going to meet them. I know because my wife died, my son, so I know what you’re going through,’ ” Corey said.
I had the opportunity to vote for Debbie Hixon in the Broward School Board races. All down-ticket races are critical for a sane and livable world.