A freshman boy in high school near Seattle, Washington opened fire on his classmates today. I’m sort of relieved that the body count is only two dead (including the shooter) and four wounded. Is that fucked up? I live in a country with so damn many mass shootings that my reaction to this one is to think it could’ve been a lot worse.
Either way, this is the context:
Several students identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg.
Jarron Webb, 15, said the shooter was angry at a girl who would not date him, and that the girl was one of the people shot.
Great. Now we’re gonna deal with another round of #NotAllMen.
Richard Young, who knows the Fryberg family and has a son at the high school, said he’s heard community members describe Jaylen as “a really good kid.”
“He was well liked,” Young said. “It’s just a big shock to everybody.”
Fryberg’s postings on Twitter are full of angst, with his most recent posting on Thursday morning saying, “It won’t last…. It’ll never last….”
“I should have listened…. You were right,” he wrote in another message earlier in the week.
Other images on social media showed him joyful, playing sports and spending time with his girlfriend. One image shows him proudly holding the antler of a deer, with a hunting rifle next to him.
And since this shooting was relatively small in scale, it’ll give us even less impetus than usual to restrict access to bullets.