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Lawmakers, community offer support following Freeman High School shooting

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Following a shooting at Freeman High School in Spokane County that left one person dead and three teenagers injured, lawmakers from across the state have offered their support for the small community during this tragic time.

Spokane Mayor David Condon sent the following statement:

“Our hearts are broken by the events at Freeman High School this morning. This is a terrible day for the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the rest of that close-knit community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrendous tragedy. First responders in our region are one team. Spokane City employees were part of that team in the first moments and will be there for the Freeman community as it begins a long road to recovery.”

Governor Jay Inslee wrote the following:

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers wrote this statement:

“My heart goes out to the student who died today, their family, and to all those injured and impacted by the events at Freeman High School. Thank you to the police and first responders, to the medical teams, and to the school officials who helped take quick action to avoid further tragedy. Please pray for the victims and their families, and for Rockford, Valleyford, and the entire Spokane community.” 

Senator Maria Cantwell tweeted the following:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tweeted this statement:

Bishop Thomas Daly offered these words:

The City of Marysville, itself the sight of a school shooting, offered their support on Twitter:

Gonzaga President Thayne McColloh also tweeted support:

WSU in Spokane also sent out their thoughts to the community:

CdA schools offered their sympathies:

Providence in Spokane tweeted the following:

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal released this statement:

My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting, their families, and the entire community.

I contacted the district and offered any help my agency can provide. I also reached out to the school’s educational service district, and they are already bringing in resources to the Freeman schools. That includes mental health support for students and teachers. In these tragedies, having that support for students and staff as early as possible is critical.

Washington is not immune to the violence that affects many other communities across the country. This time it happened in a small town – Rockport, population less than 500. Rockport is the home of Freeman High School, the Scotties.

As a parent, this is my worst fear. I grew up in a small town, and I know that Rockport’s citizens will unite and help each other get through this.

There are many details we don’t know at this time. What I do know is that this is yet another example of senseless gun violence. It shakes our communities, but we stand with the Freeman School District and their families.

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins and City Council offered a statement on behalf of the citizens of Spokane Valley:

"We have no words to express our shock and sadness over the tragic incident this morning at Freeman High School.  We extend our hearts and prayers to the students, their families and the entire community, and wish them strength through this terribly difficult time."

Sen. Andy Billig, Rep. Timm Ormsby, Rep Marcus Riccelli released the following statement:

“We are shocked and saddened by the shooting that occurred this morning at Freeman High School. Our hearts break for the family and loved ones of the student whose life was tragically cut short. As parents ourselves, we cannot imagine the pain and uncertainty experienced by the families directly affected by this event.

“We stand with the Freeman High School community as they recover and begin the difficult healing process.

“We have contacted the school district’s superintendent and offered our condolences and desire to provide support and help.

“We extend our thanks to our first responders and school personnel who valiantly responded to this dangerous situation.”

Sen. Mike Padden, Rep. Matt Shea and Rep. Bob McCaslin released the following statement:

“Our hearts go out to the students, parents, teachers and families impacted by today’s tragic event.  We are praying for peace and healing for the entire community. 

“We commend the school district for following the protocols they have in place, and are extremely grateful for the first responders who reacted quickly as the situation unfolded to prevent further tragedy. 

“Our continual thoughts and prayers are with the Freeman Scotties family.”

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sent this statement about the shooting:

“As students across the nation return to school, the last thing they should fear is the sound of gunfire. Far too often, our nation’s schools, which should be places of learning and safety become places of terror and horror.  

“At Freeman High School today, the lives of students, teachers and their families were altered by a bullet from a gun. We should never accept these horrific acts of violence as routine. Our children deserve better, which is why we must stand together and call on our nation’s leaders to find the courage to take action and keep our children safe.

“My heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy, their families and the first responders. Freeman High School and the entire Spokane community will remain in my thoughts and prayers.” 

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