Hero Teacher Took Gun from Student Shooter Before He Could Kill More Teens

Most of us have heard the horribly grim news that Jaylen Fryberg, a 14-year-old freshman football player and homecoming prince from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington, shot and killed one student from his school and injured four others before fatally shooting himself. Additional details have emerged since the shooting and, although none of them will bring back the innocent victim from this crime, they are important to note.

A first-year social studies teacher named Megan Silberberger reportedly saved the lives of other potential victims when she ran into the cafeteria where Fryberg had opened fire and succeeded in restraining his arms – possibly while he was reloading the weapon. When the gun went off again, it reportedly shot the teen.


The incident took place at around 10:30 a.m. Friday, when police received a call that an anonymous shooter was inside of the school, which is located 30 miles north of Seattle. The shooter has been described by other students as a “popular student who recently had been the victim of bullying,” and it’s difficult to get past the fact that he does not fit your typical description of the male teen shooting suspect who was an antisocial and troubled person. 

A female student, whose name has not been released, was shot dead. Two girls and two boys – both of whom are reportedly Fryberg’s cousins, were targeted in the shooting and are being treated in the hospital.

The victims have been identified as Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, whose condition is being reported as “grave,” Andrew Fryberg, 15, who was operated on and moved to another hospital in Seattle, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, who was shot in the jaw and is recovering and another female student, who has not been identified, but who remains in intensive care.

Students say Fryberg, who is a Native American from the Tulalip tribe, got into a fight with a classmate two weeks ago and that the student had made a racist remark to him.

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Although the focus so far has been on how popular and well-liked the suspect was, a closer look at his Twitter feed reveals all may not have been well inside of his head. Just two days prior to the tragedy, Fryberg reportedly tweeted: “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 …”

And the day before the shooting he sent out the following tweet: “It won’t last … It’ll never last…”

Police traced the weapon Fryberg used, which was a legally-purchased Beretta .40-caliber handgun, back to the teen’s father.

Why do you think this teen resorted to such an extreme measure?


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