In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, some Native children in the district have received threats, according to the Tulalip Tribes.
Tribal member Jaylen Fryberg killed himself after shooting five friends, killing two of them. In a statement, the tribes said some kids are fearful of returning to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them.
At a community gathering Tuesday, tribal chairman Herman Williams said it’s important for everyone to work together.
“We recognize that, whether we like it or not, threats are going to appear and we just have to bear with it. We’re here to assure that we’re with the community. We’re trying to fathom as to how we’re going to protect all of our children of this community,” Williams said.
Tribal leaders denounced Fryberg’s horrific actions, but also pointed out those actions were the acts of an individual, not of a family or of a tribe. They added it’s important to support the families of everyone involved.