School shootings are always a national tragedy, and the recent events in Washington proved to be no different. There are many questions that educators, parents, community leaders and students are asking themselves about why the recent attack there happened. The young killer, Jaylen Fryberg, was popular at his school and was even recently named as a prince for his high school’s homecoming court, turning the cliche that school shooters are always bullied and disliked by their peers on its head.
What has recently come to light about the school shooting is the fact that the school shooter was very cunning and cold in the manner that he planned his attack. He used text messaging in order to bait his intended victims to the same place, the school cafeteria, in order to efficiently murder all of them before turning the gun on himself. The shooting was initially being painted in the media as a heat of the moment attack stemming from recent heartbreak caused from his relationship with one of his fellow students. However, this recent break in the investigation by police proves that this was a premeditated and targeted attack on a select group of students chosen by the young man.
Law enforcement officials are still busying themselves with uncovering as much information as they can on the young man and what led to his decision to commit such a brutal act at the young age of 15 years. Police recently reported that the gun he used to kill with was legally owned and purchased by the family of the killer, but there was never any indication what the teen was planning. A horrifying story, that Laurene Powell Jobs and I are still trying to get a handle on.