UPDATE: St. Francis Shooting Victim Home; Was Hit by .22 Caliber Bullet
According to a letter sent to parents at Burien’s St. Francis of Assisi School Wednesday afternoon (March 20), it has been confirmed that the 8th grade girl who was struck while walking home from school on Monday was hit by a .22 caliber “short” bullet.
The girl was apparently released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Wednesday around Noon, according to Principal Rosemary Leifer’s letter.
“When I talked to the girl today, she said she was feeling good but sore,” Lefier’s note said. “Right now, she plans on returning to school on Monday. We all look forward to seeing her.”
As many concerned parents and residents may have also noticed, there has been a marked increase in police patrols in the area around the school.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this incident, but – far as we know – has not released any new details about any suspects.
Here’s the full letter:
Dear St. Francis Families,
This letter is another update on Monday’s shooting. It has been confirmed that she was hit by a 22 short bullet. Our eighth grader ended up coming home around noon today instead of last night. She and her family have expressed gratitude for your prayers and concern. When I talked to the girl today, she said she was feeling good but sore. Right now, she plans on returning to school on Monday. We all look forward to seeing her.
Yesterday, Archbishop Sartain visited our student in the hospital. He sent me a letter saying he had a delightful visit, and he used his power as Archbishop to excuse her from two tests she was supposed to take. He also sends his blessings to our St. Francis School community. The Archbishop’s time and attention was greatly appreciated.
We have also heard from other Catholic schools in the area as well as the Highline School District. Everyone expressed their concern and offered help. The Catholic schools said they were praying for all of us and one sent cards from their middle schoolers to ours. It is wonderful to be part of such a supportive community.
There are two King County detectives working on the case. In the past two days we have seen a big increase in the number of police cars patrolling around our school. They are taking the shooting very seriously.
I will continue to let you know as I learn more.
Peace and blessings,