Last Wednesday, a tragic incident took place at a high school in Spokane, Washington. Multiple injuries and one death occurred when a student took out a pistol and began shooting.
The student, who has now been identified as 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe, shot and killed one student, Sam Strahan, and then ran around firing his gun, injuring several others. Finally, a school janitor confronted Sharpe. He, along with a resource officer, was able to take the young boy down.
Immediately after the incident, Sharpe was taken into custody. According to court documents, Sharpe told detectives that he had been bullied and had suicidal thoughts.
He said that he did not target the students that he killed or wounded, but that he was picked on often. He said that he wanted to "teach everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others."
After the incident, Sharpe's parents said that he knew the combination to their gun safe and most likely got the guns from there. Additionally, a suicide note was found that was allegedly written a week prior to the shooting.
Now, the young boy's family has released a statement through their attorney about the tragedy.
It said, “The Sharpe family wishes to offer their deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Freeman Community. Especially the families of Sam Strahan, Emma Nees, Jordyn Goldsmith, and Gracie Jensen. Their hearts and prayers go out to them in this devastating time, and they too as a family are devastated, of course, by the events that transpired on September 13, at Freeman High School."
"The family asks the entire community to join them in praying for and continuing to pray for all of the children, and the families that were involved in this incident," it continued. "The family also asks the media for privacy and respect for all the parties involved, as they and everyone else deal with their grief.”
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