Investigators released dozens of 911 calls related to last month’s deadly school shooting by gunman Jaylen Fryberg at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. In all, over 40 calls were made from students, teachers, administrators, parents, and neighbors nearby. However, one call stands out among the rest.
Megan Silberberger, a new teacher at Marysville-Pilchuck, made a horrifying phone call to 911. In the call, Silberberger discusses the chaos and devastation she witnessed in the school cafeteria. Silberberger frantically tries to provide information about the shooting while asking for help. “Blood is everywhere,” you hear her say in the call before adding that they need “help now.”
However, one particular part of the call is leaving many calling the teacher a hero. In fact, the actions of Silberberger could have very well saved other students from the gunman. In the 911 call, Megan notes that she tried to talk the shooter down.
“I tried to stop him before he shot himself. He shot himself. Many are down. I do not know how many are down.”
Though Megan is obviously frantic during the call, she remains surprisingly alert to what is going on around her. She describes the gunman to the best of her ability while providing key details to the 911 operator.
One school staff member, Sue Olson, was on the phone for almost ten minutes. She can be heard saying “We need ambulances ASAP” after a principal told her there were injuries. Meanwhile, a tearful call was being made from outside the cafeteria where a cafeteria worker was frantically searching for her daughter that was sitting just two tables from where the gunman began firing.
A homeowner near the school also made a call for help after numerous students jumped her back fence to escape. The caller notes that “several” students were taking refuge in her home.
You can listen to the full audio recordings below.
How do you think the 911 callers handled the school shooting calls?