Dear Commons Community,
A newly hired teacher confronted the gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after the deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School. First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the attack Friday and probably saved lives. As reported by the Associated Press:
“The teacher intercepted the gunman as he paused, possibly to reload, student Erick Cervantes told KIRO-TV.
Teachers union president Randy Davis said: “I’m completely amazed by her actions and I feel for her…I don’t know why she was in the cafeteria but I’m just grateful she was there.”
The attacker killed one girl on Friday and seriously wounded four others – including two of his cousins – before he died of what police said was a self-inflicted wound.
However, it wasn’t clear if the shooter committed suicide or if he accidentally shot himself in the struggle with the teacher.
A school resource officer also ran to the scene, Davis said.
The shooter was Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman at the school, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.”
As in other shooting tragedies in our schools, teachers sacrificed their own safety for the good of their children. We salute Ms. Silberberger!