Wash­ing­ton school shoot­ing hits close to home for LCI Rams

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Dale Woodard sports@leth­bridge­herald.com

A tragic event across the bor­der has hit close to home for the LCI Rams.

A 15-year-old stu­dent is ac­cused of shoot­ing a class­mate to death and wound­ing three oth­ers Wed­nes­day at Free­man High School, a ru­ral school near the small town of Rock­ford, Wash.

Last week, the Rams were at the same school for a week­end of ex­hi­bi­tion foot­ball against their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts.

“We were there from Thurs­day to Satur­day,” said Rams head coach Dar­ren Ma­jeran. “We spent a night on their gym floor and had a bar­be­cue with them. We had a great time down there.

“Up here, it would be com­pa­ra­ble to a W.R. My­ers or a Ray­mond High School or a Card­ston High School, some­where in those num­bers,” said Ma­jeran. ”It’s a re­ally small, tight-knit com­mu­nity.”

Since the shoot­ing, Ma­jeran said he has reached out to the school’s ath­letic di­rec­tor via text.

“I just let him know he was in our prayers and we were think­ing about them,” he said. “He texted me back and he def­i­nitely ap­pre­ci­ated that. Just hear­ing the news yes­ter­day, it’s kind of hard to wrap your mind around. We were just there and this hap­pened.

“Ob­vi­ously, this sort of vi­o­lence is sense­less. Once is too much, so these re­peated events are def­i­nitely wor­ri­some. To me and our boys, it’s just a sense of this is real and there are some things out there in this world that will break your heart, and when we heard, this was def­i­nitely one of those things.”

Prior to prac­tice Wed­nes­day, Ma­jeran said he and his play­ers had a talk about what hap­pened.

“I let them know that when these things hap­pen there are peo­ple to talk to. The kids have great par­ents and we take care of our kids and I’m con­fi­dent that in this sit­u­a­tion, or any sit­u­a­tion, our kids are be­ing taken care of.”

The Rams are back in ac­tion this week­end when they host Cal­gary Cen­ten­nial Satur­day at 7 p.m. at the Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge Sta­dium. See Satur­day’s Her­ald for a pre­view story.

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