Three of last week’s five most-read stories (and five of the top 10) were all about one subject: the shots-fired incident at North Thurston High School.
1. Alleged shooter apprehended at North Thurston High School in Lacey, no injuries: The first of what would become several stories about the incident.
2. Elementary school in Lacey placed under lockdown: Lt. John Price with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said deputies checked in the area but didn’t see any problems. But he said deputies stayed in the area as a precaution. He said he believes the report might have been because of heightened awareness following Monday’s shooting at North Thurston High School.
3. Alleged shooter apprehended at North Thurston High School in Lacey, but no one was injured: The update to the breaking news story.
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4. North Thurston teacher reveals more details of encounter with armed student: Brady Olson heard a gunshot, then saw students running. Moments later, the North Thurston High School teacher encountered a 16-year-old student who was smoking a cigarette and carrying a .357 Magnum through the school. The teen fired another shot in the commons area and Olson tackled him. The social studies teacher flicked the gun across the floor and held the student down. The two had never met before that day. While laying on top of the student, Olson tried to assure him that he could get help.
5. Simpson Lumber announces Shelton-area mill closures, which will result in 270 jobs lost: The downtown Shelton mill and one in the Dayton area of Mason County west of Shelton are set to close in the next 60 days. Most of those jobs will be eliminated, according to a Simpson news release.