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Heroic teacher ‘prevented massacre’ at US school
Hero teacher ‘stopped massacre’: She grabbed homecoming prince gunman, 15, who opened fire in school cafeteria, killing one, after he was suspended from football team over ‘racism’ row
- Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire at 10.39am Marysville-Pilchuck High School
- He shot five people, killing one, before taking his own life with ‘father’s gun’
- Megan Silberger, social studies teacher, ‘grabbed his arm before final shot’
- Four of the victims are in critical condition in hospital, one may be his cousin
- ‘Popular’ Fryberg was homecoming prince, football player, gun enthusiast
- He was recently suspended from the team and ‘had been rejected by a girl’
This is the teacher who is said to have heroically accosted a 15-year-old boy as he fired bullets across his high school cafeteria.
Megan Silberberger ran into the room after hearing Jaylen Fryberg shoot dead one classmate and critically wound four others.
Students dived for cover and others fled but as the popular teenager stopped to reload his gun, witnesses told KIRO-TV, Silberberger walked over and grabbed his arm.
In a two-second struggle, Fryberg is said to have pointed the gun at her before shooting himself dead.
The shocking account suggests Silberger, a first year social services teacher and part-time soccer player, may have prevented a massacre at the Washington school.
Nonetheless, hundreds of students, teachers and parents piled into a nearby church tonight for a candlelit vigil as the community reels in shock struggling to cope with the tragic loss of life as four teenagers are treated in hospital.
Erick Cervantes, the first student who called 911 during the attack, told KIRO-TV: ‘I believe [Megan Silberger] is actually the real hero.