The fact is that high school kids are just as unpredictable today as they were 40 years ago. The bad news related to teens is easy to find, but it takes tragedy for people to remember that teens have plenty of compassion and integrity regardless of what the nightly news reports.
As the student body, parents and administrators from Marysville Pilchuck High School were reeling from the tragic fatal shooting that took place on Friday morning, they were handed a great gift of kindness and compassion from the students at rival Oak Harbor High School.
The two schools were schedule to play in the Championship game for the Wesco 3A North division title in Washington on Friday night. When word of the shooting reached the students, players and coaches at Oak Harbor, those “teens” voted to accept a forfeit and award the title to Marysville.
Ironically, the shooter, who killed one fellow student and injured several others, was reportedly a member of the football team. The tragedy occurred when freshman Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in the cafeteria. In the end, he took his own life.
Perhaps, it could have been rescheduled for a later date, but the likelihood players could be mentally ready to play anytime in the near future seemed unrealistic. It’s heartwarming that a group of high school students were able to look past their own wants and desires in order to make rescheduling considerations a moot point.
According to the Seattle Times, Marysville senior corner-back Nicholas Alonso summed up how the community felt about the gesture when he tweeted “Big shout out to Oak Harbor for taking 2nd Place in WESCO North,” adding “You guys are the real League Champions.”