AURORA - A man who survived the theater shooting has returned to a job he loves.
Helping kids cross the street to school may seem like the most trivial thing. However, it's the most important thing Mike White Jr. does.
"I'm here for the kids," White said. "I do my best to get them across safely."
White is a security guard for Prairie Middle School.
"How are you?" White asked a student who walked up and gave him a high five.
"Welcome back!" she said. "Thank you," White said, "It's good to be back."
White has been a security guard at the Cherry Creek school for 13 years. It would have been 14 years, had he not missed all of last year.
"It happened so fast. I didn't even know I was shot at first," he told 9NEWS.
White went to the Century 16 movie theater July 20, 2012.
"A shot gun hit me in the shoulder here, pierced a few ribs, pierced my lung," he said. "I sat in my room for months and didn't come out for anything."
It was time to come back for the kids.
"It was like a total shock for me," 8th grader Cesia Martinez said. "I walked into the school and he was the first one I saw. I just ran up and gave him a hug."
It was also time for White to comeback for himself.
"It was a really good feeling, the warm welcome I got from the students, the staff, the parents. [It feels] like I'm home in a way. It was a great feeling to be back," White said.
"[I] got to steer them out of trouble," he said with a smile. "It's fun for me."
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