Paul Franklin-Bihary, a filmmaking, photography, and language arts teacher, posted on Instagram after the tragedy, "This is a picture of my students and I in lockdown today after a student with a gun shot another student multiple times in the hall about 50 yards from my classroom. That poor kid is dead."
"My students were amazing in this horrible situation," Franklin-Bihary continued. "I did ok too. But this shouldn’t have happened at all. Our unwillingness as a nation to do ANYTHING about our gun problem is maddening and psychotic. If you didn’t vote blue today, f*ck you."
The teacher, who is heavily supportive of the radical Seattle Education Association and progressive causes, added, "The only way to stop this madness is to vote progressive so that we can have a minuscule chance to change gun laws in this country. I’m in the anger stage of grief at the moment. I’m not going to argue about this. I’m done. As a teacher I’ve been done for years on this topic, but now it’s happened to me personally and I’m raging. Guns are the problem. Period."
However, some parents are pointing to another problem.
In 2020, in the wake of the riots that rocked the city, Seattle Public Schools banned police from campuses that had previously served as school resource officers to guard the students.
In October of 2021, parents at Ingraham told The Post Millennial that the school had to call 911 because there were no officers on campus when several students were threatened on campus by two people with an AR-15.
One student saw a girl in the passenger seat of a car that drove onto campus and loaded a magazine into an AR-15. The girl and a male driver were yelling at four students coming back from lunch.
According to the student, the girl passed the gun to the driver who then pointed it at the students and threatened the kids, saying he was going to kill them.
Another parent told The Post Millennial that the parents of some of the students who were threatened were clueless about the incident until Ingraham's principal sent out a letter to families almost 24 hours after the incident occurred after multiple parents reached out to ask what happened.
Seattle police confirmed the student’s story, telling KOMO News they responded to an incident at the high school for a "dispute between two groups of juveniles" and that the driver that showed the weapon eventually left the scene.
A parent at Ingraham told The Post Millennial at the time, "Seattle Public Schools has become less and less about education and more about what's the daily 'popular' political view. The same taxpayer-funded 'for the people' institution that banned police because of false BLM narratives, had to call the police after armed trespassers entered school property at least twice."
She added, "Seattle public schools prioritizes a socialist narrative over the education and public safety of our children."
In June, a video showing a vicious fight between students at the school went viral locally.
The same parent said, "The kid he’s fighting with was friends with Angel, the student who was shot and killed by his 27-year-old friend in April in SHA (Seattle Housing Authority) housing on 143rd & Midvale."
The area has seen a spike in gang violence.
Sources told The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI at the time that one of the kids in the fight who was being egged on by his mother played football during the 2020-2021 school year and at one game yelled expletives at one of the coaches. The parent added, "SPS has an unwritten policy not to punish black, male students."
On Tuesday, police responded to Ingraham High School shortly before 10 am after receiving reports of shots fired. Upon entering the school, officers located a student with a gunshot wound and provided aid until medics arrived. The student, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and later died.
According to Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, no school resource officers were at the high school when the shooting occurred.
A suspect was taken into custody in connection with the shooting approximately 1 hour later at a nearby bus stop. Diaz said a firearm was found inside the suspect’s backpack.
In an email obtained by the Post Millennial, Seattle Public Schools called the shooting an "incident of gun violence." Classes at Ingraham High School have been canceled for Wednesday.
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