In 2014, a student opened fire on classmates at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, killing four and wounding a fifth. Now, Marysville officials plan to use the knowledge they gained in the wake of that tragedy to help Freeman High School, where four students were shot Wednesday.
Having gone through a fatal school shooting that left five students dead — including the shooter — just three years ago, the Marysville School District learned many things they never could have envisioned, school officials said at the time.
But now they plan to put that knowledge to work helping those at Freeman High School in Rockford, Spokane County, where another school shooting occurred on Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Marysville district.
“As a school district that has been impacted by a similar senseless tragedy, we know Rockford has a long road to recovery ahead,” Emily Wicks said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Marysville School District will stand by them and provide the support and care needed in the days and months to come.”
Wicks said the district is sending its superintendent, Becky Berg, and a trauma-informed professional to Rockford “to provide additional support and resources during this time.”
On Wednesday, a student at Freeman High School opened fire, killing one and wounding three, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect is in custody, the sheriff’s office said, and the wounded students were reported to be in satisfactory condition.
Marysville is continuing a tradition of assistance that was offered to the district after 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on five of his friends at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 24, 2014, killing four and wounding one before turning the gun on himself.
The school was closed for 10 days following the shooting but when school reopened, hundreds of people — including representatives from two communities also struck by school shootings — were on hand to offer their support. Several hours after most of the students went home for the day, a few dozen school and city officials ended the afternoon with a ceremony led by a delegation from Red Lake, Minn., and Newtown, Conn.
Those representatives presented the district with a dreamcatcher in a glass case that had been passed down from Columbine High School, the site of a 1999 school shooting, to Red Lake, to Newtown to then Marysville and now, presumbably, to Rockford.