Washington school shooting claims third victim

jaylen frybergThe shootings in a Washington State high school claimed their third victim. This is just so very sad. In case you missed the backstory, a community in Washington State was left reeling when an armed teenager gunned down five students at a local high school before turning the .40-caliber pistol on himself. The gunman was Jaylen Fryberg, a 14-year-old student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, where the murderous melee occurred. According to witnesses, Jaylen walked into the cafeteria on Friday walked into the cafeteria at Marysiville-Pilchuck High School Friday, and opened fire on a group of students that included two of his own cousins, as well as a young girl who he was rumored to have had a crush on.


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Zoe Galasso was eating lunch in the cafeteria at Mayrsville-Pilchuck High School when her boyfriend's cousin, Jaylen Fryberg, opened fire on the group she'd been sitting with, killing Zoe and injuring four others. Though the reason behind this tragic remains a mystery, several students at the high school have suggested Jalyen was out for revenge. According to some of the victims' classmates, Jaylen wanted to date Zoe, but she didn't feel the same. "I heard he asked Zoe out and she rebuffed him and was with his cousin, "Bella Panjeli told Reuters. "It was a fight over a girl."

But that's all speculation. We may never actually know why Jaylen did what he did. He shot and killed himself soon after opening fire on his classmates. Among Jaylen's other victims were his cousin's 15-year-old Andrew and 14-year-old Nathan Hatch, both of whom are in critical condition. Also wounded in the melee were two 14-year-old girls, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano. Shaylee is currently in critical condition and being treated for severe head wounds. The second girl, Gia, died Sunday, the same day a memorial was being held for her friend, Zoe. Both girls were remembered by family and friends over the weekend. Zoe's friends and family remembered the teen as a "nice and awesome" girl at memorial held in her honor Sunday. Gia's family also opened up to the press in the wake of their daughter's passing. "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," the family said in a statement. "Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we'll miss her."

Gia's family said it: this is a senseless tragedy--one that echoes a disturbing trend occurring across the nation, and the world. Like Elliot Rodgers and countless other faceless, nameless men before him, Jaylen let his sense of sexual entitlement get the best of him. Zoe didn't owe him the time of day, let alone a date. She didn't deserve to die simply because she was attracted to someone else, just like an engaged mother of three didn't deserve to die simply because she rejected some strange man's advances at a relative's funeral.

I don't understand how anyone could ever come the conclusion that sexual rejection is grounds for murder. Your blue balls isn't worth someone's life. I know that sounds crass, but I say this as someone who walks around fearing for her life on a daily basis, afraid to ignore the many men on the street who harass her. I say this an older sister to two teens, one of whom is 14-years-old and beginning to flirt with and, yes, even reject boys. I fear for my hermanas; not only those who are related to me. But I fear for all of my hermanas around the world. So long as men walk around with this idea that we owe them anything, we will have stories like this one. This needs to stop. We need to teach our brothers and sons and men that rejection isn't the end of the world. It shouldn't be the end of anyone's world.

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