A tragic high school shooting near Seattle on Friday left two teens dead, including the gunman, and four other students seriously injured. But during the nightmarish situation, a hero teacher risked her life and likely saved other students, according to a witness.
Erick Cervantes, a student who reportedly witnessed the shooting, told KIRO-TV that a Marysville-Pilchuck High School teacher rushed into the cafeteria during the shooting and grabbed suspected shooter Jaylen Fryberg’s arm in an attempt to stop the potential massacre.
Marysville-Pilchuck students are ushered off a bus and checked in at the Shoultes Christian Assembly, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, before being reunited with their families. (AP Photo/The Herald, Genna Martin)
A brief struggle reportedly ensued and Fryberg shot himself in the neck, the witness said. Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux confirmed on Friday that Fryberg died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger was identified by several news outlets as the apparent hero. She reportedly “came in running through the door” after hearing gunshots.
“I believe she’s [actually] the real hero. She’s the one that intercepted him with the gun. He tried either reloading or tried aiming at her. She tried moving his hand away and he tried shooting and shot himself in the neck,” Cervantes told KIRO-TV.
He added, “It wasn’t (a) wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot. He said it was the shot that killed the gunman with his own weapon.”
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