School Shooting

The teacher who tackled an armed student at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington said his protective instinct just kicked in.

An AP government teacher is getting credit for stopping a shooting at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington.

Witnesses on the scene at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington said shots were fired on campus Monday morning by a student.

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How does a school recover after a devastating shooting?

That's the question students and staff are grappling with at Marysville-Pilchuck High. It was last Friday that a student shot five friends before turning the gun on himself. He and two girls died while three students remain hospitalized.

The high school will reopen next Monday.

School superintendent Becky Berg said the staff has been working to prepare and they are getting some help.

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Law enforcement officials released new details about last Friday’s school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. 

They suggested the shooter had deliberately targeted his five victims.

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said the shooter had texted his five victims inviting them to lunch. They were sitting at a table in the cafeteria when he shot them.

Police have not named the shooter, but witnesses identify him as Jaylen Fryberg, a popular student who had been crowned homecoming prince. The victims were his friends, and two were cousins.

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The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday comes as Washington voters are about to decide two competing gun related ballot measures.

In fact, next week two parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting are scheduled to be in Seattle. They will campaign for Initiative 594 to expand background checks.

The background check campaign put out a statement shortly after the shooting. It said, in part: “While the facts of today’s shooting are still unclear...It is up to all of us to come together and work to reduce gun violence.”

A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle Friday morning. One female classmate is dead and four other students are seriously injured. Police in Marysville, Washington, say the shooter turned the gun on himself and is also dead.

Freshman Tanner Ratynski walked toward the main cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School when the gunfire erupted.

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One student was killed and four others are being treated at area hospitals after a school shooting north of Seattle. Police in Marysville, Washington, confirmed the gunman was a student. He died at the scene from a self inflicted gunshot.

Emmanuel Chavez de la Cruz attends Marysville-Pilchuck High School. He said the shooting happened in the school cafeteria near his world history classroom. The sophomore said an alarm went off. His teacher locked the door and darkened the classroom while the students hid.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

  A student gunman opened fire in a high school in Marysville, north of Seattle, this morning, killing one student and injuring at least four others--three of them critically--before killing himself. Police say the dead student was a female.


Witnesses say the gunman, who has not been officially identified, opened fire in the Marysville-Pilchuck high school cafeteria shortly after 10:30 this morning.

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Jan 31, 2014

Antoinette Tuff says her faith guided her through the scariest moment of her life. On Aug. 20, 2013, she was working in the front office of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga., when a 20-year-old gunman stormed in with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.

While on the phone with police, Tuff calmed the gunman down. More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day; not one was injured. Later, she was publicly recognized by everyone from her pastor to President Obama.

Parents and students across the Northwest are seeing many new security measures as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

The tragedy in Connecticut has brought back memories of May 21st 1998, the day of Oregon’s deadliest school shooting. KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports.