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Another Story of Bullying and Guns:
Jaylen Fryberg Kills a Classmate, himself, Injures Four Students Critically at Marysville Pilchuck High School, Washington
October 24, 2014
Here's just another story about school shootings in the US!
Everything will be covered in the media or talked about by officials except the real reasons behind school shootings, which are the aggressive culture of bullying and the availability of guns for the victims.
Washington state school shooting: Two dead, including student gunman Jaylen Fryberg, at Marysville Pilchuck High School
Witnesses saw the gunman, identified as Jaylen Fryberg, go into the cafeteria and open fire around 11 a.m. local time. At least four students were reported critically injured, while a total of two were reported killed at the school north of Seattle.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, October 24, 2014, 2:16 PM
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:50 PM
Students say Jaylen Freyberg was a relatively popular student, seen here at his school's homecoming.
A gunman opened fire in a high school north of Seattle, killing a female student and critically wounding four others before turning the gun on himself, according to officials.
The student shooter, identified by witnesses as freshman Jaylen Fryberg, opened fire Friday morning just before 11 a.m. local time inside the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School, some 35 miles north of Seattle.
The dead gunman is the lone shooter, Marysville police Cmdr. Robert Lamoureux said.
Three students, two girls and a boy, were shot in the head and are in "very critical condition" at Providence Regional Hospital, Dr. Joanne Roberts said, while a total of two students are dead, according to police.
A fourth student, a boy, was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Roberts said.
Student witnesses told the Daily News it was a normal day, lunchtime at the school, when the shooting broke out around 10:45 a.m.
“I was trying to get out of the lunch table and I turned back around and (the gunman) looked me dead in the eye - gave me almost a smirk - and took one step, moved his arm and started shooting,” witness Harlie Kallicott, a 14-year-old freshman, told the Daily News.
A young women breaks down in tears after Friday's school shooting.
Harlie’s boyfriend, Jordan Luton, said he knew Jaylen, who seemed normal Friday at school right up until he opened fire. The two played with each other on the school football team.
Jordan said Jaylen, a Native American, had gotten into a fight with a classmate two weeks before the shooting after the student lobbed a racist comment at Jaylen.
Jordan was in the cafeteria when the boy opened fire. The shooter used a pistol, the witnesses said.
“I heard a loud bang, I didn’t know what it was,” said Jordan, who sat beside his girlfriend during the shooting. “I heard four or five more and I heard people screaming. I just dropped to the floor … I could feel the bullets almost shaking my body from the noise.”
The shooter's online persona painted the picture of a tortured teen. Jaylen frequently posted to Twitter, writing on Tuesday: "It breaks me... It actually does... I know it seems like I'm sweating it off ... But I'm not.. And I never will be able to..."
On Thursday, the day before the shooting, he wrote: "It won't last.... It'll never last...."
Students walk out of Marysville Pilchuck High School with their arms up after the reported shooting.
The anguish apparently lasted for months. In August, he wrote (all sic): "Your gonna piss me off... And then some s---- gonna go down and I don't think you'll like it..."Images from the scene shows a massive police and medical response to the scene. Students walked out of the school with their arms above their heads.
All injured students were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Evacuated students were brought to a nearby church while others remained inside the classroom as police worked to evacuate the school.
Parents were asked to meet at the church, Shoultes Gospel Hall, at 116th St. NE and 51st Ave. NE in Marysville.
“I never thought I would be standing here after a school shooting,” Heather Parker, whose son, Corbin, is a senior, told the Seattle Times. “He’s pretty shook up. He just said ‘I’m okay.’ He was trying to calm me down.”
Approximately 2,500 students attend the high school. President Obama has been briefed on the school shooting, NBC News reported.
The FBI is sending agents to the town.
Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting
By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere
MARYSVILLE Wash. Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:58pm EDT
A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said.
The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school.
A school district official, who declined to be named because the shooter was not officially identified yet, said he was Jaylen Fryberg, a Native American student at the school. The official said the shooting followed a fight at the school.
There was little on Fryberg's social media accounts to offer any insight into the shooting, although in February he posted a message on Facebook saying: "If you ask me, hunting is the BEST sport there is."
Witnesses described the assailant as a well-liked freshman and member of the school's wrestling and football teams.
All of the victims of the shooting were young people, and three of the wounded were in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, said Joanne Roberts, chief of medicine at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
The fourth wounded victim suffered less serious injuries in the gunfire and had been transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A spokeswoman for that hospital said he was in serious condition.
Two of the wounded were boys and two girls, hospital officials said.
"At this point, we are confirming that there are two deceased,” Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters in the town, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Seattle.
The violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School marked the latest in a series of deadly rampages at American schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws.
In 2012, a 20-year-old gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
Police would not say what kind of weapon Fryberg, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, had used, and they declined to discuss his motive.
"He came up from behind and had a gun in his hand and he fired about eight bullets into backs of them. They were his friends so it wasn't just random," student Jordan Luton told CNN, adding that the gunman fired several more shots.
"Then he turned and looked at me and my girlfriend ... and kind of gave us a smirk and turned around and then shot more bullets outside," Luton said.
Local television stations showed images of students running from buildings and crossing a sports field with their hands in the air as officers with rifles ran across the school yard. They were taken to a nearby church by bus.
At the church, 15-year-old 10th-grader Gladis Jimenez said she heard two loud pops during her fifth period class and then saw classmates frantically running.
"I heard these two big noises, and I see kids running and they looked so scared. Then the fire alarm went off and we thought it was a fire," Jimenez told Reuters. "We lined up to go (to) the auditorium and then they said no, go back and we were just running and running back and forth."
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