Council President Debora Juarez (District 5 – North Seattle) released the following statement about the shooting at Ingraham High School:
“I’m heartbroken this morning. My thoughts are with the hospitalized student, their loved ones, and with all Ingraham students, teachers, staff, and families affected by this senseless act of gun violence. As a mother, I know the terror of hearing that your child may be in danger but having to wait and wait to learn if they’re okay.
I would like to thank Chief Diaz for the Seattle Police Department’s responsiveness this morning and, specifically, the SPD and Seattle Fire Department responders who secured the school and assisted our students. Thank you also to Mayor Harrell, Superintendent Jones and Director Dwane Chappelle from the Department of Education and Early Learning for their responsiveness and outreach. At times of crisis, we need unified support and response for our city’s families.
Ingraham students have been leadersin calling for the end to gun violence in schools. In March 2018, Ingraham students invited me, the mayor, and legislators to join them in speaking out against gun violence. Their simple message: ‘Enough’.
We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation. Sadly, gun violence is closer than we think in our communities, schools, and public spaces. We must stand together as one city against the violence like we saw today.”