Update: the shooter has been reported as committing suicide. He was a freshman and played football. He had been voted freshman homecoming king. He was very close to his family and involved within his community. Some are saying it was over a girl who had rejected him.
It is reported that many students either ran from the scene in the cafeteria or ducked under tables when the shots rang out.
There will be a vigil at a church in Marysville tonight.
End of update.
The Times is reporting a shooting this morning at 10:45 am at Marysville-Pilchuck High school in the cafeteria. Four other people were wounded, three of them are in serious condition. The school has 1200 students. Some evacuated were walked from the building with their hands up, others locked themselves in classrooms.
A parent's nightmare:
Jery Holston has two children in the school now communicating with
him by cellphone. They are both OK. Adam is a freshman; Kayliegh is a
Holston said Adam called him this morning yelling, “Dad, dad, hurry,
someone is shooting. Please come.” He said his son ran and hid outside
in the field by the stadium.
Jery was in Stanwood at the time. “I probably did a hundred miles per
hour to get there. I didn’t stop for anything. My heart went into my
stomach. As a father, this has been my fear since my kids have been in
school, that something like this would happen.”
Marysville is among three school districts recently chosen to share a
$10 million federal grant for improved student mental-health services,
which have been identified as a pressing need. Administrators were
working on plans for the money just as news came about the shooting
Jerry Jenkins, who supervises Marysville and several other districts
said, “The tragedy that happened in Marysville could have happened
anywhere. We used to have a much greater social safety net. Marysville
has been willing to sit down and work with mental health providers to
get mental health services to kids who need it, even though that is not a
school’s traditional role.”
Our teachers and administrators are NOT cops or mental health specialists. That social safety net got reduced under both school fund cuts and local/state cuts because of the recession.
When people say that they won't vote for 1351 because "there's no room in the building for more teachers," they forget that relationships are made throughout the school, not just the classroom. The counselors, librarians and nurses (among others) who are not in our schools are part of 1351.
Clearly, our students need supports.