Washington School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg's Motive Appears to Be Over a Girl

empty classroomThere are some clues to lead police to the motive behind why 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, a Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman, opened fire in the cafeteria killing one female student and seriously injuring four others in Washington state. Fryberg also took his own life, after the horrifying incident that has the entire country on edge. School shootings have, sadly, become more and more frequent and to stop them, we have to look at the reason behind them.

We knew that Fryberg was a popular kid -- he played football and was crowned Homecoming Prince. But even popular kids have struggles within. It appears that Fryberg was upset about a girl, and his Twitter feed is full of clues.


Just a little over a month ago, Fryberg tweeted:


That same day, he also wrote: Dude. She tells me everything. And now. I fucking HATE you! Your no longer my "Brother"! (sic)

The victims were three girls and two boys -- with the two boys reportedly being his cousins. The gun Fryberg used belonged to his father and was a legally purchased Beretta .40-caliber handgun. Subsequent tweets show that Fryberg seemed to be angry at someone, a specific situation, in particular.


 And his last tweet on October 21 read:

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l just feel such immense sadness. This shouldn't happen. We have to work together to make sure this epidemic stops. In a case like this, there will always be more questions than answers. So many "whys". And in this day and age, it's often social media that gives some insight. However we cannot jump to conclusions as what Fryberg wrote is only a snippet of his thoughts. But it does paint a picture of a heartbroken kid.

Over the last year, the teen reportedly posted many photos of himself with a female who seemed to be his girlfriend. One of the photos was captioned, "I love you baby girl" and  "I promise to love you for the rest of my life."

Another student, 15-year-old Jarron Webb, 15, told the Seattle Times that Fryberg was upset over a girl who broke his heart and wouldn't date him anymore. 

What do you think of the latest developments?

Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.

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