One of the secret heroes of the day includes Foliaki Fonua. He is a sophomore that attends Mountain View. He was present in the locker room during the attack and managed to grab one of the injured students and drag him out of the locker room. He apparently acted “out of instinct.”
“I saw someone in need and I helped him,” he said when asked about the encounter. “Hopefully other people would do the same as I did.”
Fonua doesn’t see himself as a hero that day. Instead he considers the true heroes to be “the coaches that helped control the situation and kept it from getting worse.”
In a letter addressed to the students of the school and all those affected, Dr, Chun, the MVHS principal, spoke of other hidden heroes. He said the on-site officer at Mountain View was “at the crisis less than a minute from when he was called.”
Dr. Chun went on to speak about Coach Alan Groves and Coach Jordan Blanchard, who were some of the first people on the scene during the incident. They helped the injured student and worked to detain the attacker.
Another of the days heroes include the victims themselves. In another letter to the students, Dr. Chun spoke about his visits to each of the students who were injured.
In this letter, Dr. Chun said that he learned that the first victim of the stabbing was actually the student who alerted him of what was going on. Apparently, that injured student ran into the main office and yelled, “Principal, Principal, Principal, someone is trying to kill people in the boy's locker room.”
Another one of the victims was also a hero. During Dr. Chun’ visit to his home after the stabbing, one student stated that he was actually glad that he was stabbed. This student saved the life of another by providing s different target for the attacker.
The list of heroes for that day continue far beyond these few people. Other heroes include the paramedics, the administration, staff and faculty members, parents, teachers and students. From this fearful and sad tragedy, hidden heroes arose and helped save the day.