Alisha Purdom was in math class at Marysville-Pilchuck High School when a classmate shot and killed four students in the cafeteria. She reflects on helping her community heal and dealing with fear that will follow her for the rest of her life.
On Saturday, the Marysville-Pilchuck community will gather at the Snohomish County high school to remember the teenagers killed in one of the deadliest high-school shootings in the nation’s history.
In the month leading up to the one-year mark, students and staff said they weren’t sure how they’ll feel on Saturday.
“I don’t know how it (Saturday) will affect me,” said Alisha Purdom, now a senior who was in math class when the shooting occurred.
“I’m not sure if it will hit me like a wall, or in what way. I’ve grown a lot since then.”
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