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Students, Staff Look Toward New Normal After Fatal School Shooting

Freeman High School was a crime scene Wednesday morning after a student shot and killed a schoolmate there Wednesday morning.
Emily Schwing
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Northwest News Network
Freeman High School was a crime scene Wednesday morning after a student shot and killed a schoolmate there Wednesday morning.

The Freeman High School football team will play a home game Friday night on their campus south of Spokane Valley. School will resume Monday after this week’s fatal shooting.

Minutes after students walked into Freeman High Wednesday, they were hiding in classrooms as a 15-year old sophomore used a handgun he’d allegedly taken from his father’s gun safe to fire shots into a crowded hallway. 

Kelby Cochrane will head back to the biology classroom where she hid from the gunman, who killed her friend and classmate Sam Strahan, also 15. 

“I know it’s going to be very different, because I had a majority of my classes with Sam,” Cochrane said.

A Go-Fund-Me page set up after Strahan’s father died unexpectedly in June had raised about $5,000. In the days after the shooting, the site has now raised more than ten times as much. 

Copyright 2017 Northwest News Network

Emily Schwing
Emily Schwing comes to the Inland Northwest by way of Alaska, where she covered social and environmental issues with an Arctic spin as well as natural resource development, wildlife management and Alaska Native issues for nearly a decade. Her work has been heard on National Public Radio’s programs like “Morning Edition” and “All things Considered.” She has also filed for Public Radio International’s “The World,” American Public Media’s “Marketplace,” and various programs produced by the BBC and the CBC. She has also filed stories for Scientific American, Al Jazeera America and Arctic Deeply.
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