By Bridget Richard
Tragic news struck the nation Friday, October 24, when another school shooting occurred at Marysville Pilchuck High School in the state of Washington. A high school freshman opened fire in the school cafeteria at around 10:30 a.m. and had apparently asked five students to sit together at lunch. Witnesses claim that the five in question were indeed sitting at the same table at the time of the shooting, two of whom were the gunman’s cousins.
When the student stopped, possibly to reload his .40 caliber handgun, newly hired social studies teacher Megan Silberberger tried to intercept the gunman. It was here that the student died from a bullet from his own gun. Whether it was self-inflicted or a result of the struggle with the teacher is unknown.
Many people are regarding Silberberger as a hero, and local teachers’ union president, who chose to remain unnamed when interviewed with the NY Times, said, “This teacher did everything possible to protect students.”
One female victim, with identity currently undisclosed to the public, was shot dead at the scene, while the four others suffered injuries that left them in serious or critical condition following the shooting on Friday. It was announced Sunday that one of those four, Gia Soriano, passed away at the hospital. Dr. Joanne Roberts said in a press conference that Soriano’s organs were going to be donated, and read this quote from her parents: “Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”
The gunman was part of the Tulalip Tribe, a prominent group in the local community. Member of the tribe, Deborah Parker said, “We just have to reach for that human spirit right now.”