Nearly two years in the waiting, attorneys finally began on Monday presenting evidence to determine whether accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe will be tried for murder as a juvenile or an adult.
Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.
Sam Strahan’s memorial service will be held on Saturday and is open to the public, according to a news release from the family. Strahan was shot and killed by a fellow Freeman High School classmate on Sept. 13.
The small town of Rockford plans to honor the victims of the Freeman High School shooting with a moment of silence at this weekend’s Southeast Spokane County Fair. Along with shirts, banners and signs bearing the words “Freeman Strong” in the high school’s signature cornflower blue dotting the fairgrounds, fair organizers said also they’re expecting the fair’s hundreds of patrons to show up in support. Especially during the royalty ceremony, where two Freeman juniors will be crowned princess and queen of the fair.
It was in the middle of the chaos surrounding a school shooting last week that three people saw opportunity rather than heartbreak. While parents sped along traffic-clogged U.S. Highway 27, parked their cars and ran toward Freeman High School – where they had just gotten word a student fired a weapon into a second-story hallway, wounding or killing who knows how many – Renee Mann, Larry Flett and Nicole Jensen lurked behind the scenes and prowled through the long line of unattended vehicles, according to investigators.