MPHS Shooting: 1 victim well enough to undergo jaw surgery, 2 others still in intensive care
SEATTLE -A 14-year-old student injured in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School underwent surgery Thursday to repair his damaged jaw.
Nate Hatch was listed in satisfactory condition late Thursday at Harborview Medical Center. Hospital officials said his surgery went well, but more surgeries were planned to further repair his jaw.
Hatch has been walking around and talking most of the week. He has even been active on social media, saying: “it’s hard to accept the fact that i will never see (female victims) zoe or gia ever again.. Pray for pilchuck..”
Hatch was one of six people — including the shooter — shot Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck by 14-year-old freshman Jaylen Fryberg. Two students, 14-year-old Gia Soriano and 14-year-old Zoe Galasso died from gunshot wounds. Jaylen also took his own life with a gun.
Andrew Fryberg, 15, is still in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center and remains in intensive care. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, is at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett in critical condition with a head wound.
Hatch’s family did not speak to the media Thursday.
Nearly a week after the shooting, Marysville-Pilchuck remains closed, even as a memorial lining a school fence is starting to show signs of wear.
Still, the mental wounds seem to many as fresh as ever. On Wednesday, the Tulalip Tribes issued a statement denouncing “the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg.”
“All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins,” the statement said.
“Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others. These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe.”
Marysville police have boosted their presence in all other area schools as plans are being made for reopening Marysville-Pilchuck to classes Monday. Students have voiced concerns about going back inside the cafeteria where Jaylen opened fire. Superintendent Becky Berg said the district is considering re-modeling that section of the building. The school will also take a look at changing the sound of the fire alarms, which rang out after the first shots were fired.
“We are going to really have to basically look, systematically look, through every part of the student day, both the structure and the content, as we ease our students back into the routines of school,” Superintendent Becky Berg said.
Since the shooting, Berg has spoken with the former principal of Columbine High School in Colorado and other school leaders who have dealt with school shootings across the country. Berg said they are providing advice and recommendations for helping students cope with the shooting. There will be grief counselors and additional officers on campus.
For those wanting to donate to the victims’ families, Marysville Police Cmdr. Lamoureux recommended the Marysville Rotary Club and Heritage Bank special fund as a way to make sure the funds are allocated where they should be.
Heritage Bank is located at 1031 State Ave., Suite 1, in Marysville. You may also call the bank at (360) 657-3100 for more details.
Donations may also be sent in care of the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation at P.O. Box 1875, Marysville, WA 98270. For more information contact Jodi Runyon at the Marysville School District Service Center at (360) 653-0800.