Poconos Native Killed in Florida School Shooting

EFFORT -- One of the victims killed in the school shooting in Florida grew up in the Poconos.

Chris Hixon, 49, graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1986. He grew up in the community of Effort but then left the area to join the Navy.

Hixon was one of the 17 killed in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

But before the athletic director moved to Florida, he grew up in Effort in Monroe County.

At Western Pocono Community Library near Brodheadsville, his yearbook told us a little bit about who he was as a teenager.

Hixon graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1986. He was on the Pleasant Valley football team and he was senior class president.

The Pleasant Valley School District posted a comment on the district Twitter and Facebook page reporting the loss of one of their own.

Leonard White lives in Albrightsville and says hearing about the shooting is bad enough, but learning someone from our area didn't make it out, really hits home.

"It's terrible, really. I have no more to say about it. It's crazy."

In 2007, Hixon was deployed to Iraq as a U.S. Naval Reservist.

He was currently employed as the athletic director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and worked with campus security at the school before he was killed in Wednesday's shooting.

Words of praise for the athletic director flood social media. A Florida student who made it out alive even acknowledged him.

"One of our campus security guards, in addition to his role of being the athletic director, he was a great guy and I know that he was a father."

District officials there say Hixon will be fondly remembered by all members of the Pleasant Valley community.


    • Real American

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    • So what?

      Murders and suicides went from 1.6 to 1.1 per 100,000 people after the ‘buy-back’ scheme. But their rate of violent crimes increased (imagine that). So all they did was take away the decent law-abiding citizens chance to defend themselves, while criminals have the upper hand. People want Utopia here on earth, it’s not going to happen.

  • Sad in America

    Sad day in America. Now my opinion. Alicia blonde(teacher) and (mom) Lori Alhadeff, took to the media with savage rants of anger towards our government. Well ladies, your school district KNEW the threats by Cruz!! Teachers were emailed about these THREATS and KNEW how bad he was. Kids KNEW how bad the situation it was. STOP throwing your rants in Americans faces and WAKE-UP to the fact that you don’t live in fantasy land. Our government can’t always fix stupid. Step back from the microphone before you start on innocent people. These left-wing liberal raised snowflakes. Get off the iphones, and social media and live life. Get back to basics.That school should have had ARMED professional security due these threats by, Cruz. Stop blaming the guns and start at home in teaching kids to have better morals. Life is precious. Respect school teachers, police officers, etc.Teach them that. I don’t believe everything I read either. Case closed. Pro-life.

    • Patricia Overbey

      Amen amen amen. Fantastic post thank you. I suppose they are blaming President Trump put the blame where it belongs. A lot of people dropped the ball here. Any school I ever went into yo could not just walk into it. So he was banned from coming in with a back pack. However he walked in with a rifle & walked to the. Third floor with a rifle. & no one stopped or saw him ??

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