Newly released 911 calls give insight into the chaotic scene at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state after a student shot five others and then killed himself.
“I have the shooter. One shooter. Blood is everywhere.... I need help,” teacher Megan Silberberger implored in one of the calls. “I need help now.”
The teacher jumped into the fray as the Oct. 24 shooting unfolded in the school cafeteria. Authorities have said 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman football player and homecoming prince, brought a gun to school and invited his victims to join him at lunch.
“He is a high school student,” Silberberger told the 911 operator. “He shot himself. I don’t know how many are down.... I tried to stop him.”
Fryberg and one of the victims, 14-year-old Zoe Galasso, died the day of the shooting. Three others have died since: Fryberg’s cousin Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Gia Soriano and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, both 14.
Nate Hatch, 14, also a cousin of Fryberg, was shot in the jaw but survived the attack and was released from the hospital last week.
At the school north of Seattle, teachers ordered students to take cover in classrooms, but not all ended up doing so, the 911 calls reveal.
“My daughter is not following lock-down directions and she and other kids have run from their classroom,” a crying mother told an operator, saying the girl had sent her a text message. “She’s away from her classroom right now. What advice can I give to her?”
In another call, a woman who lives next to the school said several students had climbed over her fence and were hiding at her house. She said some of the students had witnessed the shooting and asked how long they should stay inside. The operator advised her to keep everyone there until police could interview them.
The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but social media posts suggested that Fryberg, the son of a prominent family in the Tulalip tribe of Native Americans, was distraught over a recent breakup with his girlfriend.
“It won’t last ... it’ll never last,” he wrote in his last post on Twitter.
The Associated Press and Times staff writers Matt Pearce and Ryan Parker contributed to this report.
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