On Sunday, November 2nd when the Seattle Seahawks took on the Oakland Raiders, the Hawks wore special Marysville-Pilchuck High School decals to show their support to the high school after the recent tragic shooting that took place at the school on October 24th, leaving four dead and two still hospitalized. Fans of both the Seahawks as well as the Raiders showed their support by holding up posters or wearing red, one of MPHS’ colors.
Governor Jay Inslee has officially made Monday, November 3rd, “Red and White Day” to show support for the Marysville and Tulalip communities as the students and staff of MPHS returned back to class today, just a little over a week after the tragedy. In his proclamation, Inslee asked all Washingtonians to wear red and white in solidarity with the two communities, saying Washington is unified in its support of MPHS and their community.
How does someone move forward, after a tragedy like this? Hundreds of people lined the entrance to MPHS today, some holding candles, others waving and cheering, to greet the students and staff returning to the school. People cheered as buses and cars entered the school campus. The school started at 10:30 a.m., instead of the normal 7 a.m., with an assembly helping ease the students back into school. Informing them on how they can get help if they need it, who they can talk to, and most importantly, to make sure they feel physically and emotionally safe there in MPHS. Their lunch will be held in the gymnasium instead of the cafeteria where the shooting took place, not only because it is still closed but also because students aren’t ready to revisit the place where the tragedy took place. The normal class schedule will resume on Tuesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are forever with Marysville-Pilchuck High School.