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October 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Teacher who tried to stop shooting issues statement

Marysville-Pilchuck High School teacher Megan Silberberger, who is credited with trying to intervene in Friday’s shooting on campus,  issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School was a tragedy. I reacted exactly like all my colleagues would in this type of event. I am a schoolteacher, and like all teachers, I am committed to the safety and well being of my students. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this incident,” the statement said.

“For my own sake, I need privacy and time with my family. Therefore, I am not available for media interviews or other public events. I will not be issuing further statements. My family and I ask for your respect, support and understanding. Thank you.”

During a news conference Monday, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary addressed reports that the first-year teacher confronted the shooter, saying that she did not have physical contact with Fryberg.

Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, said Monday that Silberberger is shaken and does not want to be interviewed.

But he clarified her involvement.

Davis said the teacher was in an office next door to the cafeteria when she heard gunfire and ran into the cafeteria.

“At that point she saw the students on the ground and saw the shooter,” Davis said. “From what I understand, she ran toward the shooter and confronted him verbally, saying, ‘Stop, stop, stop!’ and then it was a suicide and stayed there until the security officer arrived.”

Davis said Silberberger will not be saying anything else publicly about the incident for a long time. He said she’s coping with what she went through.

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