Windsor Academy honor alum killed in San Bernardino shooting

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The alma mater of a Macon man killed in the San Bernardino mass shooting wants its students to live life the way he did. 

“Once a knight, always a knight,” students at Windsor Academy repeated during chapel on Tuesday morning. 

It’s a mantra with purpose. 

“This is a family. That’s what Windsor is all about. We’re a small school and we have to know that we have each others’ backs,” Coach Michael Johnson, the leader of the chapel session, said. 

Johnson says he hopes the students at the private school learn and use the life lesson. 

“To hear that one of your own lived the life that he lived and then is gone. The only thing we can do is celebrate his life the best way we can,” he said. 

Several stories say Shannon Johnson, one of the 14 people killed in the terrorist attack, had his co-worker’s back. 

“It says when the bullets started flying, Johnson and his co-worker hit the floor. Johnson threw his left arm over his co-worker and whispered I got you,” Eddie Coatney, a student pastor at Lawrence Drive Baptist Church, read to students referring to a newspaper article written about Shannon.

While she (the co-worker) survived, Shannon — a 1988 Windsor Academy grad — was shot and killed. 

Coatney calls Shannon hero. 

“To have a hero come out of Windsor, come out of Macon, and take a bullet, there’s not many people doing that these days,” he said. 

Stories about Shannon are making their way through the halls of the school. 

“That’s how it is with Shannon Johnson. He’s gone and he’s lived a great life and we have his back because he was once part of our family,” Johnson said. 

“God is still here. He is still working. He is still alive and he’s thriving through people like Shannon,” Coatney said. 

Most teachers at the school didn’t know Shannon, but want his story to inspire their students. 

“He’s still a brother and he’s still somebody that we lost,” Johnson said. 

Faculty at the school say they want their students to be selfless and friendly like Shannon. 

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